Published: 24 November 2015

Charity celebrates 21 years of helping students complete research work experience

Laura Donovan

A local charity which provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to do community-led research with voluntary and community organisations is celebrating 21 years since its inception.

Interchange is based in the Eleanor Rathbone building in the School of Law and Social Justice, and brings students and community organisations together. Community groups approach Interchange to gather research evidence to help their beneficiaries, and students can choose Interchange modules to engage in community-based research as part of their academic curriculum.

(Image above shows Laura Donovan, who took part in the Interchange scheme as an undergraduate and postgraduate, speaking at the celebratory event).

Over the years Interchange has worked with hundreds of talented students and more than 300 community organisations including Ferries Family Group, Apex Trust, Nugent Care, the Basement, Liverpool Homeless Football Club, Litherland Youth & Community Centre and Age Concern.

A celebratory event was held at Blackburne House to mark the anniversary, showcasing presentations and spotlight sessions from organisations including Amadudu, Tuition4You, Knowsley CAB, LCVS and WHISK.

Irene Hall, Co-Founder of Interchange with David Hall, spoke about its history as part of the European Science Shop movement, partnering not only the University of Liverpool, but also Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool Hope. She spoke of how the Interchange experience could be transformative for students and highly supportive for the range of innovative and creative community organisations across Merseyside.

Ben Carpenter, a trustee of Interchange also spoke at the event to present his findings from a three year investment evaluation. His findings included evidence to show that the experience had directed students’ career choices with many continuing in education.

For further information about Interchange and how to get involved please contact interchange@liverpool.ac.uk or call 0151 794 2986.

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