This project is one of Manchester Metropolitan University’s community engagement projects, supported by government funds awarded for the university’s outstanding work with local communities. The project will provide a web presence to up to 20 community groups in Greater manchester and North Cheshire, particularly Crewe, Hulme and East Manchester, that will allow them to communicate with their funders, volunteers and client groups. Groups will then be able to maintain their websites themselves.
This programme will be delivered by up to 20 student volunteers from MMU’s Department of Information and Communications and the MMU volunteer bureau, communi.
A key element is the dual evaluation of the programme. Students will use communi’s Volunteer’s Record of Achievement Log to reflect on and review their volunteering experience. Community groups will be encouraged to reflect on further developing these resources, in ways that allow them to manage these resources themselves.
Activities are co-ordinated by Guy Lancaster, Web Project Manager for IDEA, the unit in MMU’s Faculty of Humanities, Law and Social Science that initiates, develops and supports community, public-sector and commercial projects.Guy brings to the project 20 years experience as an IT solutions developer in the Finance, Telecommunications, Health, Retail and H.E. sectors. He was also involved in organising an Information Technology Centre (ITEC) in Openshaw and at Hulme Electronic Village Hall.
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Lasting Benefits of the Project