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Sourcing Operation Impact projects – large scale volunteering with a positive impact in the community

20 Sep 2011 - 14:12 by michelle.foster

The University of Manchester’s is currently looking for local community organisations / schools who could benefit from this project and who might like to work in partnership with them.

‘Operation Impact’ takes place each year in November, and again in March. On each day during the Operation Impact weeks, 40-50 student volunteers take on large scale, high profile volunteering challenges which will have a visible and lasting impact in the local community.

Dates: Monday 7, Wednesday 9, Thursday 10 and Friday 11 November 2011

Aims of Operation Impact:
• To make a considerable and lasting impact in the community
• To offer engaging volunteering opportunities to encourage students to volunteer in their local community
• To develop partnerships with The University of Manchester and other external agencies and key stakeholders within key areas the city

Previous projects have included:
• The creation of a large community allotment area
• The renovation of a school grounds: painting in the play area, planting wildflowers, creating an eco area for children’s learning
• Clearing the Moss Side Pocket Park to become useable once again
• An intergenerational project at a sheltered accommodation
• Re-vamping the rooms of a homeless hostel for young people

The University of Manchester are now looking for large volunteering events, one for each day with activities that:
• Address a clear and identifiable need that will benefit the community
• Will have a longer term impact and that have sustainable outcomes
• Engage positively with the local community
• Are realistic and possible to manage in scope (are achievable with around 40-50 volunteers per day)

Each project will be planned with a longer-term sustainability element.

For further information and to express an interest, contact Kirsty Hutchinson or Emma Richardson, on 0161 275 2828, or email: kirsty.hutchison@manchester.ac.uk or emma.richardson@manchester.ac.uk.

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