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MLP Volunteering

Volunteering is about making things happen, experiencing leadership at grass roots level, and taking the initiative to make a difference.

There are a huge number of voluntary organisations that are taking a lead in tacking societies’ challenges in innovative ways: organisations that provide lots of opportunities for students wishing to volunteer while studying at the University of Manchester.

Students on the Manchester Leadership Programme have access to all of the support and guidance offered by our Volunteering & Community Engagement Team to students across the University, plus a range of bespoke opportunities, training and support:

  • MLP Challenges run throughout the year and are half or full day activities that give you the opportunity to volunteer alongside other MLP students, with the support of one of our team, within the local community;
  • An online 'My MLP' account helps you log your planned and completed volunteering, check your hours have been accredited, and track your progress towards a certificate;
  • One-to-one training sessions are available, depending on the volunteering you are involved in, that can help you prepare for your role as a volunteer.

See the relevant sections of the site for more details.

All of the volunteering opportunities we promote are needs led. This means they are all activities that local charities and not-for-profit organisations need your help to deliver.

What is volunteering?

Volunteering is an unpaid activity with a charity or not-for-profit organisation that makes a difference to the wider community.

Volunteering is a great way to make a difference. As well as being fun, it can also help to:

  • give you a great sense of achievement
  • help you develop skills that employers look for, such as communication, organisation and teamwork skills
  • make a positive impact on the wider community.

Volunteering is a key element of the Manchester Leadership Programme (MLP). To achieve the prestigious Manchester Leadership Programme, you must complete 20 hours (Bronze Level); 40 hours (Silver Level) or 60 hours (Gold Level) of volunteering.

The Manchester Leadership Programme will also be included on your Higher Education Achievement Record when you graduate.

Students volunteering to encourage members of the public to donate blood

MLP volunteering deadline

The deadline to complete and confirm all your MLP volunteering is Monday 12 June 2017.

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