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Would you like to use your expertise and enthusiasm to guide the work of the Students’ Union’s in-house Charity?

Now recruiting: Lead volunteers!

By Chloe Lavington

Cardiff Volunteering is an independent student-led Charity set up by the Students’ Union in August 2015, dedicated to providing volunteering opportunities to Cardiff University students, enabling them to undertake enriching, interesting and fun projects which directly benefit the local community.

Cardiff Volunteering is seeking to attract new student board members who can commit to a minimum of three meetings per year. These roles are an opportunity to get a board level insight into a well-run, well-loved and growing charity, share responsibility for its good governance and contribute to its future direction. You should possess good strategic vision, business sense and a passion for our work improving the lives of students through volunteering.

You do not have to have been involved in Cardiff Volunteering this year, but you should have some volunteering experience. Ideally you’ll have evidence of successfully working in a leadership role.and the skills to develop professional relationships and communicate with a broad range of stake holders. A sound judgement is essential, with confidence to make informed decisions and handle competing priorities.

We will be releasing information and application packs shortly, but if you would like to register interest for a Board Member position, please email Michelle, Student Development Manager (lenton-johnsonm@cardiff.ac.uk) to arrange an informal chat about the role.

Lead volunteers are students who undertake the additional responsibility of coordinating a group of volunteers on their project. Naturally, the role varies from project to project: some adopt an administrative role and others actively lead sessions with volunteers and beneficiaries.

Having said this, there are some key responsibilities that all lead volunteers have throughout the year. You’ll be required to attend relevant and compulsory training, which is likely to be held on a weekend in September. You’ll then be fully equipped to run your stall during freshers, where you’ll be encouraging students to sign up for your project. Most of our projects will hold information talks to give interested students the chance to find out a bit more about certain projects before they apply. You’ll help us with administrative duties to ensure your project can get up and running as soon as possible. You’ll also have to keep in regular contact with your designated Cardiff Volunteering staff member, to let us know everything is running smoothly. There will be scheduled feedback sessions where you can let us know what has worked well and where we can improve.

If you haven’t volunteered with Cardiff Volunteering before that’s fine, but ideally we would like you to have some volunteering experience. Most importantly, we are seeking friendly, committed and enthusiastic individuals who aren’t afraid to get stuck in with their chosen project! For a full list of project vacancies please go to our website: http://www.cardiffstudents.com/jobs-skills/volunteering/lead-volunteer-opportunities/ where you can download a full role description and an application form!

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