Education roles usually count towards the "Make a Difference" part of the Manchester Leadership Award. Roles that take on committee responsibility may count towards the "Step Up and Lead" section.
Whether you’re looking to share your passion for education, raise the aspirations of others, or gain experience for a future career, there are plenty of education related volunteering opportunities available.
Finding an opportunity:
Do you believe education should be accessible to all?
Access All Areas are a group of students who design and run educational volunteer projects in schools, colleges, communities and on campus. We are a community of students who care about improving access and widening participation in education. Since 2012, we’ve built a reputation nationally for being one of the best for student leadership in educational outreach!
We value your input whether it’s helping running activities in schools or attending one of our discussion groups about educational inequalities.
The choice is yours, you can:
• Run workshops in schools and communities
• Join a mentoring scheme
• Facilitate society taster sessions
• Host campus visits
• Attend/organise education events
• Design and lead on your own education project
We need people who are broadminded, care about equality and enjoy getting creative. Throughout the year, we are always looking for fellow students to help us make a positive difference in education.
You will join a fantastic community of volunteers at the Students’ Union. You will get the freedom to choose your own levels of commitment while feeling empowered with skills, knowledge and networks to make a difference to the lives of others!
"Since high school I have enjoyed volunteering in different projects in Manchester. As I had decided to live at home whilst studying, I naturally wanted to continue to be involved in my local community. However, I wanted to lead and deliver my own project focused on GCSE and A Level support, as this was a service that local libraries and community services were struggling to provide whilst I was at college and high school. Access All Areas provided this opportunity and supported the initial set up of LIGHTSS: Longsight Study Support. In 2015 this project won the Manchester Student Homes Community Award at the Students’ Union Celebrate Week and has been nominated twice for the Great Places Community Star Awards.
Learning more about other projects that were supported by this division of the Students’ Union led to my involvement as a committee member and this year I will be taking the position of chair of Access All Areas. It is incredibly motivating to be part of a student community that care about access to education and that have such a positive impact on those they work with. In my family, my generation have been the first to attend university therefore access to higher education is a topic that I strongly believe in. As chair I hope to lead the committee to build a supportive network for project leaders and volunteers. I would also like to hold an event that will raise our profile amongst other student unions that will also provide the opportunity to share good practice.”