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How to become an ILV

 

Update for 2020/21: ILV support will largely take place virtually due to the current government guidelines on social distancing

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Launched in September 2016, the Inclusive Learning Volunteers program draws upon the support of students (starting second year or above) to assist other students to overcome barriers and thrive at university. 

Enabling Services provides training and guidance for the ILVs and the project has been extremely successful, providing invaluable peer-support.

Please note, this opportunity is open to current University of Southampton students only.

 

Are you interested in supporting new students with additional needs to adjust to life here at the University?

Would you like to gain experience supporting those with long-term health conditions, mental health conditions or disabilities?

- If so, the Inclusive Learning Volunteer program may be the ideal volunteering opportunity for you!

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ILV recruitment 2020/21

Could you be an Inclusive Learning Volunteer?

Enabling Services are looking for Inclusive Learning Volunteers (ILVs). ILVs covers a range of roles offering students support.

For some students the transition into University and the management of university life can be challenging for a variety of reasons e.g. mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, social communication difficulties such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, or physical disabilities causing mobility and access issues. An Inclusive Learning Volunteer can support new, current or returning students engaged with Enabling Services overcome barriers to thrive at university.

Activities will largely take place virtually due to the current government guidelines on social distancing.

 

Find out more about the roles:

Transition Facilitators and Peer Mentors

 

What you will gain from this experience:

Time commitment:

The scheme will be co-ordinated by Enabling Services and will span the full academic year. Hours are likely to be for 1 to 2 hours weekly or fortnightly, depending on the student’s needs.

Students are referred to the scheme throughout the year so there may be a possibility to be matched with multiple students.

Please see the job description in the 'Useful Downloads' section at the bottom of this page for further information.

 

How to apply:

If you feel that this role is for you please complete the short application form in the 'Useful Downloads' section at the bottom of this page and email it to Fran Ahmet (escoodinators@soton.ac.uk) by midnight on Friday 7th August 2020.

Please note, short interviews will take place from 19th – 21st August 2020. Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer alternative interview dates.

A compulsory, online training day will also take place on Thursday 17th September 2020.

Please note, this opportunity is open to current University of Southampton students only.

If you would like more details please contact Fran via email (escoordinators@soton.ac.uk).

 

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Testimonials from our 2018/19 ILV cohort:

“I have developed valuable skills being involved in the ILV project”

“I developed increased resourcefulness when coming up with practical ways to help people”

“I developed more open-mindedness and compassion, greater understanding of the variety of people's needs”

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