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Salford launches programme to fund community projects

Oct 09, 2012

The University is launching a new programme, called ‘Make the Difference’, on Monday 15 October to support employees, students and recent graduates* to get their community projects off the ground.

‘Make the Difference’ gives personal support, expert advice and funding of up to £5,000 to those who have an idea to make a difference in their community. Ideas can be anything from creating a garden to setting up a local radio station or website for students.

The programme, led by Careers & Employability – Enterprise, is part of a £2million HEFCE/ UnLtd initiative to support Higher Education institutions champion social entrepreneurship. Salford was one of 56 institutions successful in their application for funding as part of the initiative and was awarded £40,000.

Lauren Dunn, Student Life Co-ordinator – Enterprise, said, “As part of the ‘Make the Difference’ programme, we’re looking for employees to take up the role of mentors, advisors and expert speakers.

“We welcome anyone who has an interest in social entrepreneurship, volunteering or setting up community projects to get involved.”

If you would like to find out more about the support roles available, funding or application criteria, Careers & Employability – Enterprise will be holding a training session on Monday 15 October from 2.00pm – 4.00pm in the Derwent room, University House.

To register your place at the training session, please email Lauren at l.a.dunn@salford.ac.uk. Please note that employees will need permission from their line manager to attend the training as it takes place during office hours.

George Baxter, Director of Research & Innovation, will be launching the ‘Make the Difference’ programme on 15 October from 4.30 - 6.00pm in the International Life Centre, University House. Members of the Careers and Employability team will also be speaking at the event about the importance and benefits of helping to improve your community.

To attend the launch, please click here to register. Places at the event are limited so be sure to register today.

To find out more about the project please visit http://unltd.org.uk/journey/hefce/  or contact Lauren at l.a.dunn@salford.a.c.uk

*Graduates must have left the University within the last year to be eligible to take part.