Creative Volunteers deliver workshops in schools and colleges

The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries shares news of University of Portsmouth students who recently worked as a Creative Volunteers.

The Creative Volunteers are a team of University of Portsmouth students from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries who deliver creative workshops to schools and colleges across Portsmouth, offering an insight into the University and the creative industries to raise aspirations.

Melanie Fitzgerald from the School of Creative Technologies started the project seven years ago with a small team of students visiting one local school.  Since then, the project has grown significantly and has gone on to be recognised for making an exceptional contribution to the University and the local community, which was celebrated at the first-ever Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in 2018.

This academic year, a total of seventy CCI student volunteers took part in teaching sessions at local secondary schools, one primary and Riverside special school, with a number of students volunteering to go into more than one school.  A group of Graphics pupils from Admiral Lord Nelson enjoyed a workshop run by CCI technician, Jordan Baines, in the Faculty print rooms at Eldon Building.

For the first time, Animation and Computer Games students worked with UTC presenting their skills to classes.  Following this, twelve UTC pupils enjoyed a visit to the University experiencing UoP VT equipment, thanks to research fellow Tom Garner.  

For those students wishing to train as teachers, this project gives invaluable classroom experience plus have the opportunity to work in teams, delivering a creative brief using their degree skills.  

All students received a Creative Volunteer Certificate recording their participation.  

If you are interested in becoming a Creative Volunteer, contact melanie.fitzgerald@port.ac.uk

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