Dr Alethea Melling, MBE
Dr Alethea Melling, MBE heads one of the largest university based volunteering programmes in the UK and has developed approaches to ‘service learning’ through volunteering and community action at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as a portfolio of continuous professional development (CPD) programmes.
In January 2007, Alethea was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her work in developing volunteering and community action at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
Alethea has spent over 25 years working with young people in various contexts. She is responsible for the development and delivery of major volunteering and community action projects across Lancashire, Cumbria and internationally. She has also worked on volunteering and community action projects that have been recognised at Governmental level as examples of good practice.
She has acted as advisor to HM Treasury Russell Commission on youth volunteering and presented at national and international conferences on youth volunteering and youth leadership.
Alethea has also worked as advisor to the Russian Federation Ministry for Education and Science in the development of an inclusive youth strategy for Russia and is currently appointed as a consultant to the organising committee of the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014. She was also a member of the Civil G8 2006 Non-Governmental organisation Forum, focusing on youth and inclusion.
Alethea is working with the University of Gujrat, Pakistan, to set up a Centre for Civil Society and a youth volunteering programme within schools in Gujrat, Pakistan. She is currently working with the British Council in Kathmandu, Nepal to develop a sports leadership programme for young people as part of the Global Youth Leaders initiative.
Alethea is also helping to co-ordinate and train volunteers from universities across the North West of England, for the Oceania Sports Volunteering Programme. She also has considerable experience of developing peer leadership programmes with young people who are homeless and who are care leavers.
Alethea is a Governor of Marsden Heights Community College, Nelson, Lancashire.
Her academic interests focus on sport’s leadership, gender and community cohesion, with a particular interest in women’s football 1916 – 1926.