New Volunteer Centre at Keele University is first in the country

Posted on 01 October 2012

Staff and students at Keele University are set to benefit from a new volunteering partnership which is the first of its kind.

Based in the Students’ Union, the KeeleSU Volunteer Centre is the fourth branch of the North Staffordshire Volunteer Centres and is the first Volunteering England-branded volunteer centre on a university campus.

Prospective volunteers will have access to a database which is maintained and updated by team members from across the local Volunteer Centres meaning hundreds more volunteering opportunities and improved contacts within the local community.

Jo Phillips, Service Manager at Staffordshire Moorlands Community & Voluntary Services (SMCVS) with responsibility for the North Staffordshire Volunteer Centre branches in the Staffordshire Moorlands, Newcastle and Stoke-on-Trent, said: “We’ve been working with colleagues at Keele University for the last year to develop a robust and future-looking volunteer strategy that will encourage students, staff and alumni to get involved in volunteering activity on campus and across the local community. The University has had a great volunteering service for the last 10 years, but this came about as we were discussing how to take it to the next level. We want to encourage the huge people resource that they have on campus to support the wider local community.”

KeeleSU Volunteer Centre will deliver under the branding and quality guidelines upheld by the North Staffordshire Volunteer Centres and will be working to develop more volunteering opportunities on campus, for students and the local community to engage in together.

Sarah Amphlett, KeeleSU Volunteer Project Leader, said: “We’ve spent the summer bringing the current two services together and looking at ways that we can work with local organisations to offer unique opportunities for our students. Students are here on campus for only short periods of time, but while they are at Keele they are learning skills which they can transfer to the local community to make a difference. Teaming up with the North Staffordshire Volunteer Centres will open up many more opportunities to them.”

KeeleSU Volunteer Centre will be officially launched at its annual Volunteering Fair to be held in the Students’ Union Ballroom on 10th October.

If your group or organisation would like to work with the North Staffordshire Volunteer Centres team to develop opportunities specifically for Keele students to engage with, please contact Sarah Amphlett on 01782 733626 or by email