Volunteers are an important part of UrbanPlan UK. Students and teachers are overwhelmingly positive about their contribution: 90% agreed the volunteers were a valuable part of the experience.
As the workshop is led by professional facilitators, the volunteers’ time is spent engaging with the students and offering professional advice one to-one or with small groups. In addition, they lead the judging process: listening to the student presentations, offering feedback, and choosing a winning team.
EdComs run training sessions for volunteers to help prepare them for their role. A volunteering handbook supplements the face-to-face training with practical guidance and advice.
We welcome volunteers from the property industry from a range of disciplines including surveyors, planners, developers, lawyers, accountants and architects.
We ask volunteers to commit circa 1 -2 days as follows:
- Preparatory reading (approx. 2 hours)
- Volunteer training (1/2 day)
- Workshop delivery (1 day – either one whole day or two half days depending on the school)
- Judging (2 hours)
We are keen to have volunteers who are willing to travel if necessary. If you would like to get involved, register your interest here and we will be in touch with more information. You do not need to be a ULI member to get involved, although priority will be given to ULI members and the staff of funding organisations when allocating volunteering opportunities.
Next volunteer training dates
Spring 2017 tour
The next volunteer training session will take place on the morning of March 2nd 2017 in London (9am-1pm venue tbc).
A webinar will be scheduled for all those unable to attend a London session.
If you want to volunteer and have trained already you do not need to do so again – we will brief volunteers beforehand to refresh memories prior to any allocated workshop(s).
2016 -17 in-school workshops
The 2016-17 in-school workshops are being held in November 2016, March 2017 and July 2017. Registered volunteers will be informed of all opportunities. We will be visiting schools in London, the South East, The Midlands, the North West and Scotland.