Preparation for Volunteering

Ref: C3126025

Have you been out of work for a while? Would you like to get back into it by doing some volunteering first? Or maybe you are looking to learn new skills and gain experience in a new area of work? You may want to update your existing skills and experience. Whatever the reason, volunteering is a great way to meet new people, get work experience, get up-to-date references, further your career and help the community.

Course aim

To support students who want to find out about volunteering by identifying existing skills; developing confidence; awareness of available information and support and how to apply.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Register with the WVSC (voluntary service), look through and apply for the latest volunteering vacancies.
  • Demonstrate improved self confidence and assertiveness.
  • Identify 5 transferable skills and 5 interpersonal skills.
  • Identify positive and negative body language.
  • Recognise what organisations are looking for in their volunteers.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Students are expected to bring paper, pens and a folder to keep their work in.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

Download full course outline

Preparation for Volunteering Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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