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Collaborative working between HE and FE – Thebenefits and challengesAndy Coppins – Volunteering Manager – Nottingham Trent UniversityHannah Cantrell – Volunteering Officer – Nottingham Trent UniversityCarleen Bentley – Initi8 Officer – New College Nottingham


Introductions• Introductions• Overview of session• Hopes for the session


Background - NTU• Pre HEACF - no organised Volunteering Activity at NTU or the SU• 2002 - HEACF funded volunteering delivery at NTU– Funded a central office in Widening Participation– Funded work across the University Faculties with aim of embedding volunteeringwithin University– Funded Careers and Staff development to look at supporting learning throughvolunteering– ‘Junction’ was set up as a joint project with some funding going to the Union topay for One Day project costs– Students Union funded to develop Sports Volunteering schemes• Up until 2007/08– Central office within WP continued – mainly brokerage and staff volunteering– Supporting across institution – course related– SU activity – mainly One Day Projects (also included Junction 49)


Background - NCN• 2001 – Millennium Volunteers– 2 members of staff– Funded through Government Office for East Midlands until 2007– Brokerage service– Used 50, 100 and 200 hour milestone awards• 2007 – changed to v funding the MV for final year– Attempted to increase student led projects but students reluctant– Continued brokerage successfully


2007 - Vinvolved funding• Vinvolved funding – 2 strands– Strand 1 – vinvolved teams– Strand 2 – vinvolved projects• NCN applying individually for Strand 1• Partnership approach to strand 2 – NTU, NTSU and ncn - initialmeetings• Bid writing (NTU lead institution)• Organising activity, targets, budgets, etc• Success!• Vinvolved project!


2008 - Implementation• Re-branding of current volunteering to initi8• New Staff in NTU, NTSU• New ethos of working in ncn (same staff)• Adapted ways of working to each institution• Set up systems of delivery and reporting• Continued non v funded activity alongside vinvolved project


Relationship Structure - Volunteeringvtalent yearNCNSportsVolunteeringStaffVolunteeringVolunteer Shop(individually run)Student LedProjectsiniti8Steering GroupOne Day VolsresidentialOne DayChallengesMarketingRAGNTUv awardsCross UniVolunteeringsupportILM &CommunityVolunteerAwardMonitoring &EvaluationCommunityLinksUnionVolunteeringNTSU


Working Together• Structural diagram• Formal Partnership Agreements• Data sharing agreements• Operational Meetings• Steering Group Meetings• Reporting arrangements


Initi8 – One Day Challenges• NTSU• 3 committees at 3 Campuses• Made up of 5/6 students• Organise own projects• Supported by 2 members ofSU staff and Exec officer• Successes• Examples– Drumming workshop for childrenwith life limiting illnesses– Conservation work at ClumberPark– Mother’s Day Make-over• ncn• Individual students• Organise own projects• Supported by 1 member ofstaff• Successes• Examples– Fundraising– Mural painting


Initi8 – Volunteer shop• At NTU and ncn (not part of vinvolved at either Institution)• Brokerage Service• Place students with external community organisations and charities• Supported by one member of NTU staff and ½ member of ncn staff• Opportunities include– Work with young people– Befriending schemes for elderly or people with disability– Mentoring schemes– Support in schools– After school clubs/study centres– Work with the homeless


Initi8 – Student Led Projects• Turning students ideas, passions and interests into real life projects• Facilitates students to take initiative and organise a project• Training, support and budget given• Support from one member of NTU staff and 1 member of ncn staff• Projects this year include– Panto production with Nottinghamshire Royal Society for the Blind– A Nice Time on Saturdays– Aspergers Awareness– Hyson Green Youth Club renovation– Social Networking Club


Benefits - University• Enables NTU students to gain greater insight into local area• Volunteering alongside FE students enables NTU students doing OneDay Challenges a greater feeling of involvement with the localcommunity• Raising aspirations of FE students to go onto HE• Ncn have vocational courses which brings skills and expertise toprojects (e.g. Mothers Day Make-over)• Continuation from FE to HE via same name and format ofopportunities• Opportunity to show joint working through media• Skill and knowledge sharing for staff (REACH), along with access toresources at either institution• Supported by partners to reach targets


Benefits – FE College• Raising aspirations of FE students to go onto HE• Continuation from FE to HE via same name and same format ofopportunities• Opportunity to study alongside HE students through ILM• Helps FE students get a feel for what HE student life is like• Opportunity to show joint working through media• Skill and knowledge sharing for staff (REACH), along with access toresources at either institution• Supported by partners to reach targets


Challenges - University• Structure of volunteering at the two institutions differ creatingchallenges for joint working– What works for one may not work for other (e.g. committees)– Difficulty in generating student to student contact to develop projects• Staff funded under different funding• Safeguarding Children issues– Some FE students are under 18• Pressure to deliver targets distracts from aiming to work morecollaboratively• Ensuring ILM delivery suitable for FE students too


Challenges – FE College• Structure of volunteering at the two institutions differ creatingchallenges for joint working– What works for one may not work for other (e.g. committees)– Difficulty in generating student to student contact to develop projects• Staff funded under different funding• Student timetables at FE very different from HE so finding righttimes for projects and ILM difficult• Pressure to deliver targets distracts from aiming to work morecollaboratively• Ethos at FE and student profile means students are much harder tomotivate to deliver own and joint projects


What the future holds…• Funded by v until March 2011– Increase the number of joint projects– Ensure greater take up of ILM from HE and FE students– Aim to generate more joint publicity– Promoting continued volunteering to FE students when entering HE• Post 2011– Commitment to continue partnership– Look for possible further funding


Questions?


Moving forward• Do you have relationships with local FE/HE currently?• What extent are these related to volunteering or other studentactivity?• Identify strategies to develop links, making most of alreadyestablished relationships


Further information• Andy Coppins– E-mail: andy.coppins@ntu.ac.uk– Tel: 0115 8482509• Hannah Cantrell– E-mail: hannah.cantrell@ntu.ac.uk– Tel: 0115 8482341• www.ntu.ac.uk/initi8volunteering• Carleen Bentley– E-mail: carleen.bentley@ncn.ac.uk– Tel: 0115 9531401• www.ncn.ac.uk

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