80 hours to make a world of differenceFriday 10 October 2014
The re-designed community service initiative now allows students to chart their experiences digitally, such as through blogs, video recordings, online articles or even via a radio broadcast on THIS Radio.
Students are paired up with projects such as Action 4 Care, Contact the Elderly, Merseyside Refugee and Asylum Seekers, Dogs Trust, Global Hope (Liverpool Hope’s international educational charity), Merseyside Society for Deaf People, Beechly Riding School and Seel Street Soup Kitchen. They record 80 hours of volunteering and training on two projects over 18 months – the equivalent to just over two full working weeks.
SALA aims to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills and gives students the opportunity to make valuable contacts and access networking opportunities.
Amy Clarke, who completed SALA last year, said: “I have gained so much from the Service and Leadership Award. It provided me with the necessary experience and skills needed for life after university. I volunteered for two amazing charities and still continue to do so. Most importantly I feel that I have made a difference to people’s lives. I am very grateful for the experiences and memories."
Students are also invited to attend skill development workshops on a choice of topics including Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Project Management, Sustainable Procurement and Sustainable Urban Development.
Hannah Melia added: “I definitely wanted to take part in the Service and Leadership Award after finding out about it at an Open Day. I thought that it would be an exciting opportunity, and I found that there was also the chance of going on a Global Hope project. I went to Malawi with staff and other students - it was unreal."
Lynsey Martin, Employability Manager, said: "In every job interview you will go to, you will be asked to give good, real-life, examples of how you fulfil their criteria. The beauty of SALA is that it offers our students such a diverse range of experiences in different environments, which gives them plenty to talk about in any interview. Students that have completed the SALA award can really make themselves stand out by being able to show both depth and breadth of experience."
Ginny Mair, Head of Student Development and Employability and SALA Co-ordinator, said: “Students can choose projects that relate to their career aspirations such as environmental and conservation projects, child and youth group projects or even animal welfare projects. It is designed to help them get the most out their university experience whilst boosting their career prospects and giving back to the community.”
SALA is available to all students and is accessible through Moodle. Every student has SALA as a course option, just click on the link to read more information. If you are interested in taking part, click on the ‘Indication of Interest’ link.
Ginny Mair will also be delivering presentations on SALA on the following dates:
· Tuesday 14th October, 4pm, Lecture Theatre C
· Friday 17th October, 1.00pm, Lecture Theatre B