This is the final post in a short series of blog posts following Warwick Volunteers as it digitally transforms its offering for students and staff. Check out the first blog post and the second blog post!
Volunteering and Employability
Early in term 2 of the 21-22 academic year, WV has already seen the benefits of their new digital resources:
Already back to 75% of pre-pandemic registered volunteers
1700 students registered to volunteer
1000 student volunteer profiles created
Providing extra-curricular enrichment
One of the issues WV faced before they made the move to MSL Volunteering & Employability was the limitation of supporting volunteers just during office hours. The new platform means that volunteers and partners can work on their profiles and opportunities at any time to suit them.
WV has focused on giving students the resources to create their own opportunities and recruit their own volunteer teams. The combination of access to an online system, the streamlined processes that the system brings, the ease of signing up for opportunities, and having a system that is student-focused rather than admin focused means students are encouraged to create their own opportunities and manage everything they need to do in one online hub.
Supporting students’ futures
Self service will remain the theme for WV: reducing the reliance on WV staff for admin tasks, encouraging more student leaders to run their own voluntary projects, and doing more to promote and support external community partners of opportunities.
MSL Volunteering & Employability incorporates a range of online resources for those community partners and WV will soon embark upon a drive to encourage more to become involved. With a growing pool of volunteers looking for interesting projects to take them off campus, forging long term relationships with partners is increasingly important. Partners will be given access to the system to register their details and submit their risk assessments and upload liability insurance details. WV staff will be able to review and accept all new partners online and, as soon as that happens, the provider can begin to post and manage their opportunities and volunteer applications all in one place.
Our new volunteering and employability platform will help the WV team better understand why students register to volunteer and will give us the tools to encourage more to become active members of our volunteer community. Our aim is to ensure our students leave University with the enhanced personal and practical skills which will make them stand out in the workplace. MSL Employability & Volunteering will help us to achieve that. – Paul Barlow
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