Community volunteering courses work in Oldham

By Tobias Jones, Education & Communities Project Officer

So the current Community Works volunteering team is mid way through their four week course and that seems like as good a time as any to update you all on what we’ve been up to! First a little bit of background on the course, and for those of you who already know about it, a little refresher…

The Community Works course is one of the shorter short courses that Groundwork Oldham & Rochdale run and is funded through Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities (NLDC). The course aims to introduce volunteers to a broad range of different volunteer roles – anything from supporting local community groups with awareness raising events to painting goal posts or helping to build conservation ponds. Community Works volunteers get their hands stuck into everything and anything!

The core aspect of the course is team building and confidence raising – helping people to bond as a successful team that can complete numerous different projects. At the end of their second week this team have already helped to build a poly tunnel at a community nature site which Groundwork are developing and have helped the Oldham Countryside Service to restore a water course at Moor Gate Quarry. Alongside this, in the up and coming weeks they are set to help out at an alley gate event in Watersheddings and support the Friends of Stoneleigh Park community group with a ‘Your Money Matters’ advice session. And on top of all this they are finding time to complete a level one qualification in Work Skills! They’re definitely keeping busy and improving their community!

Volunteers cutting back vegetation
Volunteers cutting back vegetation

For me, the Community Works course is a brilliant way for people to engage with community based learning and gain qualifications, as well as broadening your experiences, not only to increase your employability (and add to the CV) but to meet new people and be involved with active community groups in your area. We work with a range of different community groups and organisations precisely for this reason, so that volunteers can get a rounded experience of different groups active in their community and help to make a real difference in a sustainable way.

So if you want to make a difference to your area but you are unsure about what type of volunteering takes your fancy, why not give a community course a go?

The next Community Action Team starts on Wednesday 17th April and the next Community Works course is due to start on Wednesday 29th May.

If you are interested in taking part either drop me an email at tobias.jones@groundwork.org or give us a bell on 0161 624 1444 and ask to speak to Tobias. I’m often out and about so if I am, leave a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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