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Hands on Shanghai

Our support

We provided funds for a new volunteer leadership programme in Shanghai's universities during 2009, which was expected to achieve :

  • monthly training sessions for new volunteers, estimated at 1,000-1,500 in all

  • regular training sessions for students in 10 universities in the city

  • the creation of an award system for volunteers

  • the identification and development of 75-100 new volunteer leaders

For details of actual achievements, see the bottom of this page.

Background to our partner (see also here)

Hands On Shanghai was founded in 2004 by a group of young foreign professionals. With previous experience with the Hands On/Cares worldwide network, they established an affiliate organization in Shanghai. The organisation's primary objective is to identify the needs of local NGOs and organise flexible volunteer programmes for busy professionals.

Photos courtesy of Hands on Shanghai

To connect volunteers with local community-based organisations, Hands On Shanghai engages in three main activities:

  • coordination of volunteer opportunities for active professionals and students, according to their availability and personal interests

  • support for local community organisations with direct donations, fundraising planning and execution, community project design and implementation

  • design and management of a variety of community relations programs for private sector partners in Shanghai

Hands On Shanghai strives to establish and develop long term sustainable relationships with charities in Shanghai. Servicing the long term needs of their local partners, they organise short-term projects that are sensitive to the schedules and interests of volunteers. Together, Hands On and its partner organisations create successful and well-staffed projects by allowing Hands on Shanghai to manage volunteers while the partner organisations manage the projects.

Outcomes and lessons

We have now received information on the impact of this work. During 2009, Hands on Shanghai's Student Leadership Program achieved the following results :

  • 1,384 student volunteers were trained, from 10 Shanghai universities - Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai International Studies University, Fudan University, Shanghai University, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, University of Finance and Economics, University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, University of Engineering Science, Shanghai Finance University, and Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade

  • 75 student volunteer leaders were trained

  • these student volunteers conducted 4,011 hours of volunteer time at 10 Shanghai charities in the areas of children's health, education, environment, and elderly care

  • feedback reporting from both the student volunteers and charities has been extremely positive

These are excellent results and all participants are congratulated for this fantastic effort.

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This page was last updated on 18 July 2016.

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