Burnley Leisure Sport & Play Development Unit
Burnley Leisure Sport & Play Development unit work to develop, deliver and support community projects that provide opportunities for people to enjoy sport and physical activity, build confidence, break down barriers to taking part, and above all have fun.
Volunteers support the projects as coaches, to encourage greater participation in some of the most deprived areas of Burnley.
Sports Activator, Keiran Adamson, recently nominated 1st year PE & School Sports student, Melissa Mitchell, for the Careers Volunteer of the Year Award, and she collected her runner up award at the presentation evening in April. Melissa’s involvement started through the Volunteer Burnley and the Active Streets Project, managed by Burnley Leisure.
Keiran praised Melissa for her commitment and enthusiasm saying “In all aspects of Mels volunteering she has by far excelled, she works on her own initiative and easily fits in as part of the team.”
The nomination also spoke of the impact Melissa has had on the organisation, as an influence and role model for younger volunteers, representative at events, and as a key volunteer with the ability to lead and deliver aspects of sport sessions
Alison Hunt – Communication and Media Studies Graduate
Building experience and volunteering has always helped with Alison break into new careers, and allowed her to follow her dream of becoming a script writer on her favourite soap opera. Her career with ITV began role as a Voluntary Researcher, read on to find out more
Megan Masters Primary Modern Languages Education with QTS Year 1
I have just completed my training for a Volunteering Mentoring Scheme which will take place in Knowsley in January.
I will be working with secondary school pupils who maybe struggling academically to encourage them to take full advantage of their own education. It is similar to a ‘buddy system’ in which they can explain any worries they have either academically or emotionally in relation to school life.
This opportunity will look excellent on my CV as I am currently studying to become a primary school teacher. My advice to other students would be to take advantage of any volunteering opportunity that comes their way; knowledge is one thing but experience is everything. Employers are now looking for more than exam results / qualifications – experience will give you that ‘edge’ in interviews. Volunteering experience will help you to be the ‘full package’ which they are looking for.
Knowsley Family Learning Services have offered the opportunity to volunteer as Secondary School Mentors, and Primary School Reading Mentors to Edge Hill University students since 2012.
If you would like more information about becoming a mentor, please contact the Volunteering Advisers who are based in the Careers Centre in the SIC building.
Ruth Christian, Volunteer Ambassador Year 1 Law with Criminology
I volunteer for two charities who provide services for disabled children and young people. In the North East, I volunteer on a play scheme called DASH, which is available during the school holidays to children aged 3 to 17 years old. When I’m at university I volunteer for a company called Twinkle House who provide sensory rooms for disabled children and young people, which can be used by schools and families.
I have volunteered for DASH since October 2013, and am undergoing training to become a full staff member. Working on the play scheme gives lots of opportunities for working one to one with disabled children. The children arrive at 10 and the day is packed with a full range of activities, appropriate for the age group and abilities, until they are picked up at 4 p.m. by their parents.
I have volunteered at Twinkle House since February 2015, and have gained much experience and developed my skills such as customer service, communication and interpersonal skills. I have worked in the various sensory rooms, for example the light and dark sensory rooms, working one to one with parents and children and I have worked on the front desk taking enquiries and greeting clients.
Twinkle House has one to one sessions to help children with particular problems, and I have gained great experience helping with this area of the Centre, for example tips for helping with anger management and emotional problems which I will be able to use while at DASH too.
I found out about the DASH play scheme while at my sixth from college, and Twinkle House through being a Volunteer Ambassador for Careers. While at university I am doing a Law and Criminology degree, I hope that my volunteering experience will help me gain work with children perhaps in a Youth Offenders Institute.
I would greatly encourage other students to take part in this area of voluntary work as it is great experience to have, it is a very rewarding area to work in, and is fun for everyone.