Social Policy Work Experience

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Social Policy Work Experience I am currently participating in a project named 'Curtain Call' which is organised by Hallam Volunteering. Hallam volunteering is part of the students union at Sheffield Hallam University. The organisation is led by students, it is controlled and managed by one head student who is elected to take control by other students via a vote. It does however have five members of staff who are not students; they are full-time members of staff, with their roles involving support and guidance for student volunteers (www.hallamunion.co.uk) Hallam Volunteering was set up over thirty years ago by a small group of students who wanted to take action and help the community. This group got bigger and received more recognition and was formally recognised by the students union. Students led the organisation for ten years but it grew so much that a full-time member of staff was needed. The organisation has progressed rapidly over the past few years as three years ago it had only one member of staff and eight projects, today it has five members of staff and is currently participating in thirty-four projects. Hallam volunteering is funded via the government, by an active community fund, two years ago HEFCE (Higher Education Active Community Fund) (www.hefce.ac.uk) set up a policy whereby each university in England would be given money for volunteering, the money given to each university varies depending on the size of the university and the amount of students there are attending the university, the amounts given to each university ranged between £10,000 and £500,000. This fund was set up, as it wanted to encourage great... ... middle of paper ... ...exclusion, Bristol: Policy Press. Giddens, A. (1998) The Third Way: The renewal of Social Democracy. London: Polity Press Laybourn, K. (2000) A Century of Labour: A History of the Labour Party 1900-2000. Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing Limited. Marshall, G. (1998) Dictionary of Sociology. New York: Oxford University Press. Powell, M. (1999) New Labour, New Welfare State? The 'Third Way' in British Social Policy. London: Polity Press Social Exclusion Unit (1999) Bridging the gap: new opportunities for 16-18 year olds not in education, employment or training Cm4405 London: HMSO. http://www.dfee.gov.uk/post16/br_white_exec.shtml http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/excellence/policies/GiftedAndTalented/ www.hefce.ac.uk www.hallamunion.co.uk www.socialexclusion.gov.uk www.labour.org
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