The OUís Active Community Programme exists to promote opportunities for voluntary service to staff and students, that help improve the quality of life in their communities.
Professor Brenda Gourley, Vice Chancellor, says:
"Amidst our busy lives - at work, at home, in our studies - it is good to remember that often we're refreshed by voluntary service and engaging with people in quite different circumstances from our own. It is an opportunity to learn as well as an opportunity to give. The OU community also has a lot to contribute, and active citizenship resonates very well with the social justice mission of the University. I commend the Active Community Programme to you, and encourage you to participate in any way you can."
Our University community numbers around half a million people - enough to make a significant impact on our neighbours both near and far. Itís part of the Universityís Charter to "promote the educational well-being of the community generally" - this Programme is one of the Universityís responses to this brief.
Our goal is to help you to find activities that interest, challenge and develop you, while serving the community and meeting their needs.
This site will be updated on an ongoing basis to offer additional links and further advice and guidance. We would welcome feedback from you, and would invite you to email us on:
We would particularly welcome information about whether, as a result of viewing this site, you have actually decided to undertake some volunteering, and if so, what kind and with whom. Thank you.
Last updated: 25th June, 2008