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 school tour and volunteer training dates
Autumn 2017 tour
We will be back in schools throughout November 2017. We plan to visit Scotland, North West, Midlands and London.
We currently have training dates scheduled for the 18th (am session) and 26th October 2017 (am session) in London. There is also a webinar for those who cannot attend a training session at 11am on 25th October 2017.
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).