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SaturYAY – Community kids club

Have you heard about SaturYAY? It’s our new exciting community kids club which focuses on extended learning activities between children and parents.. and IT’S TOTALLY FREE!

If you are in the area on a Saturday come join us at the UCLan InTheCity pop up shop based in St George’s Shopping centre – Lune street entrance. There’s always lots to going on throughout the session.

Recently, we’ve been focussed on christmas activities for children aged from 2-9 years old. We strive to engage with parents of young children to make life better for them! Each session is an extended learning activity, from kinectic movement and development to understanding the importance of involvement and sharing.

As we mentioned, the event it totally free – meaning no gimmicks. None what so ever!
Come along with your children and engage in a range of activities we have going on, from arts and crafts to a messy play handprint wall. Prams are welcome and we have specific stroller station where you can park your buggy!

The event is staffed by UCLan staff and student staff. Lee is qualified at childcare and is DBS checked, the student staff have undergone relevant HR checks, and the volunteers involved are also DBS checked through our centre of volunteering!

Free juice, tea and coffee and provided throughout.

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Community up-cycling InTheCity

Over the last 6 weeks, every Friday we’ve been working really hard to bring the public of Preston something very special. The University of Central Lancashire has donated a job lot of old wooden science stools to our community up-cycling project. We’ve jumped in at the deep ed with this project and got to grips with it right away. From day one, we’ve been stripping these wooden beauties back down to the bare wood and started creating some creative masterpieces!

We’ve had a range of people from all walks of life get involved in the project, and it’s really starting to pay off. For instance there’s this one old man who comes along week in and week out. Not only does he get stuck into. But he’s also full of extremely useful knowledge of which he is passing onto other participants within the project. He’s taken two stools as a matching pair and gone to town on them. Before he finished the stools – he had already sold them.

Once the stools have been completed, and stained with a lick of varnish and protecter, these will be sold on to the general public with 100% of the profits going to local charities in Preston. That’s the beauty with this type of project. Once we have sold a few stools, the project then becomes a self sustaining project. Not only do volunteers involved within the project benefit, but the wider community also benefit also.

Each week the project gets bigger and better. We’re expecting the project to really take off over the new few weeks – but if you are interested in getting involved and gaining a centre of volunteering ILM accreditation or your CV then please do get in touch. You can contact us on or 01772895373 You can also visit us in the shop – UCLan InTheCity, St George’s Shopping Centre, 51 Lune Street, Preston. PR1 2TU.

Have a look below at some of our amazing transformations.



Community call out!

LSF Call Out Flyer 2015 - PRINTDo you have an event idea that you would like to  as part of this year’s Lancashire Science Festival?

We are pleased to announce a call out for Community Partners and we are looking for community groups and organisations to take part and host their own science event.

All ideas are welcome and the deadline for event submissions is Friday 10 April.

Contact Jenny Bennion for more information.

Connect with us on Twitter @lancscifest #lancscifest15

Soapbox Science 2015

Soapbox Science are now looking for female speakers to be part of their annual public science communication event.

They are looking for scientists, researchers, academics and PhD students to be part of this year’s event and share their passion for experimentation, discovery and innovation with the rest of the UK.

The event brings cutting-edge science to the public, in an accessible, fun, free and un-intimidating way. Some of the UK’s top scientists will take to the streets to allow people who would not usually consider science, hear about it first-hand.

Soapbox Science runs for 3 hours over an afternoon in the summer. The event is divided into one-hour sessions, with 4 to 5 speakers per session. Speakers stand on custom made “Soapbox Science” soapboxes, arranged in a semi-circle, facing slightly inwards, to facilitate the crowds’ movements.

There are seven events at several locations this year. For more information or to find out which event you can be part of apply here before the 23rd of February.

Volunteer @lancscifest 2015

Following the success of 2014’s Lancashire Science Festival, we are pleased to announce that plans are well underway for Lancashire Science Festival 2015; this year the theme is ‘Evolves’. The dates for this year’s festival are 25-27 June. Days one and two of the Festival will be open to school groups and the final day is open to the general public; we anticipate total visitor numbers in excess of 6000.

The Festival will again feature a fantastic programme of interactive lectures, demonstrations, workshops and the ever-popular science show floor of hands-on exhibits. Confirmed activities include walking with dinosaurs, rocking out with heavy metal marine mayhem and exploring the evolution of experimentation! The ethos of our festival is to enthuse, engage and excite!

The festival will be held 25-27 June 2015.

Thursday 25th June and Friday 26th June – Schools days

Saturday 27th June – General public day

We need volunteers for all three days!

Volunteering times:

Schools day – 08.30-16.30

General public day 08.30-17.30

(Please note, volunteers do NOT have to volunteer for all day every day)

Activities volunteers are needed for:-

  • Welcoming attendees to the festival
  • Directing attendees to the correct areas
  • Registration
  • Stewarding
  • General assisting of the Lancashire Science Festival team

What we are looking for:-

  • Reliable, friendly and enthusiastic individuals
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Work well in a team
  • Enthusiastic about engaging with families

If you are interested in volunteering for this opportunity, please email with ‘Volunteering Lancashire Science Festival’ as the subject and one of the team will be in touch.


Would you like to inspire the next generation of scientists, develop your communication skills, share your love of science, win £20 Amazon vouchers and be in with a chance of claiming ‘Best UCLan and Ri YSC Demo 2015’?

We challenge you to give a short 5 minute demo that engages and excites kids about science – any area, any aspect.

The competition is open to all staff and students, with training & support available to all participants. Enter either solo, as a pair or a group.

Five winners will be chosen to receive £20 Amazon vouchers and perform their demo in British science week to an audience of local primary school children. The ‘Best UCLan and Ri YSC Demo 2015’ chosen by the audience!

Important dates are:

Science communication training (optional) Tuesday 10th Fe5 winners chosen Thursday 26th Feb

Demo day during British Science week Thursday 19th March

This a unique and fun way of developing science communication skills, promoting your area of science and inspiring the next generation of scientists

Up for the challenge? Submit your entry by Friday 30th January. For more details or to discuss ideas email Sujata Patel at