Everyone knows that volunteering is a great way to enhance your CV and develop Employability skills that will transfer into the workplace when you graduate. However, did you know that you can set up and run your own project?
Running your own project will help you develop your project management skills, give you experience of overseeing a committee, teach financial management and help to further your communication and organisational skills. Running a project is a great way to test and enhance these skills in a safe and supported environment.
Remember to check that this role is listed on your Skills Log and that you are tracking your skills development and logging your volunteering hours!
Things to consider
There are a lot of factors to think about when organising a project. At the Students’ Union, students have the opportunity to start their own project to benefit a community. For example current and past Student Led Projects have included Amnesty, Smalls for All, Headucate and Guide Dogs.
You can see existing Student Led Projects here.
Here are some things to consider if you are thinking about starting your own Student Led Project:
- What’s the need?
- What do you want to achieve?
- What service do you want to provide?
- Who are you providing the service to?
- Will you partner an existing organisation or work independently?
- Will you be able to involve other volunteers?
- What skills will your volunteers need?
- How will you sustain your project or will there be an end date?
- How will you evaluate your project?
University of Lincoln Students’ Union will...
- Provide a volunteer induction and comprehensive training
- Support you in applying for funding
- Grant access to the Member Dashboard to help manage your Project
- Support you in producing an annual handover document
- Be there to support you in any aspect of running your project
- The Employability team will log your role on your Skills Log and be able to provide guidance on the 8 Employability Skills
- You will also become part of the Campaigns Network surrounded by likeminded individuals
For more information, simply contact our Campaigns team at [email protected]