15 August 2011
Canterbury Christ Church University has launched an innovative new Foundation Degree in Volunteering.
The work based programme is the only one of its kind in the South East to specifically focus on the role of the volunteer within an organisation, and their community.
Aimed at volunteers already involved in the sector, managers and staff of voluntary organisations, people who have just left education or anyone looking for a career change, the new course will assist in developing skills in key volunteering activities; helping volunteers to become an ‘all-rounder’ able to adapt to the many different roles and opportunities that arise. It will also provide greater knowledge of working within the third sector and its growing importance within society.
Antonio Sama, Senior Lecturer for the University’s Health and Social Care Faculty, and Programme Director for the Foundation Degree in Volunteering, said:”Recently there has been a lot of emphasis on the role the voluntary, or third sector, can play in contributing to public service provision and community development. As such volunteering in the 21st century will face changes as organisations try to become more professional and adapt to new challenges.
“Volunteers will need to become an ‘all-rounder’, able to manage many different situations from traditional fundraising practices to using social networks and understanding public service reform and seizing opportunities.
“As the largest provider of education for the sector in the region the University is aware of the challenges and changes voluntary organisations will face, and although it is difficult to predict, or anticipate, how the future will take form, it is possible to work together in making sense of the change and influence them.
“This new programme is the result of a long lasting collaboration between the Faculty of Health and Social Care and the Canterbury District Community Alliance (CDCA), and is evidence of the commitment that the University has to help individuals become creative and supportive of their communities.
“The University’s work based learning programmes are strongly positioned to help individuals and organisations face the challenges ahead through investing in innovative learning and development.”
Alex Krutnik, Chairman for CDCA, said: “We believe the Foundation Degree in Volunteering is a huge step towards providing the sector with the capacity to increase both the skills and potential of its volunteers and staff.
“One of the major problems we face as Voluntary Organisations is the need to increase our expertise and to be able to pass this on in a systematic manner. Usually, this occurs in a haphazard fashion, which is not suitable for an increasingly expanding and pressurized sector. As we become more professional in our activities, this needs to be reflected in a culture of lifelong learning and improvement and the FDV is certainly a part of this process.”
The programme is structured in two levels. Each level has six modules for a total of 12 modules and 240 credits. It has a total duration of two years full time or four years part time. The learning will be encouraged through individual and group activities both at the University and in the volunteering environment, with the work based learning paramount to the programme.
The programme will start in September 2011. For more information contact the Faculty of Health and Social care on 01227 782628, or visit the University’s website: www.canterbury.ac.uk/fdvolunteering
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
- In 2010 the Faculty of Education received 'outstanding' grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University's primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
- 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
- Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
- Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.