Barnardo’s looking to set up society at Lancaster

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Barnardo’s is bringing an exciting new volunteering opportunity to Lancaster University. The charity is looking to set up Barnardo’s Societies at several universities across the country and Lancaster has been selected for one of these groups.

“The Students’ Union is supportive of charity societies and we haven’t worked much with [Lancaster] to date so there are lots of new opportunities for development,” explained Nicola Helme, Student Programme Officer for the North.

The society would aim to raise awareness of and funds for Barnardo’s by planning and delivering events as well as working with local Barnardo’s services and stores to provide support. In order for a society to be established that is beneficial both to Barnardo’s and to the student community, Barnardo’s need to recruit a Society Chair with the drive, passion and motivation to form a successful society at Lancaster.

The volunteer would be responsible for setting up a committee which would work to ensure all criteria for setting up a society at Lancaster are met. They would then set up a programme for the 2010-11 academic year and recruit members in Freshers’ Week.

There will be roles available for other committee members including treasurer, secretary, events coordinator and social secretary, and all students are welcome to get involved in the events that will take place in aid of Barnardo’s throughout the year.

“Being part of a Barnardo’s society offers its members the chance to gain valuable skills that employees today are looking for: leadership, problem solving and events management to name but a few,” said Helme. “The Barnardo’s Student Programme Team will be on hand to provide a society with any help and advice that might be needed, ensuring your society will be the best it can be and that everyone who gets involved can really make a difference to the lives of some of UK’s most disadvantaged children.”

To apply for the society chair role or enquire about the other opportunities the Barnardo’s society has to offer, email Nicola Helme at [email]nicola.helme@barnardos.org.uk[/email] or call 0113 393 3249.

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