Caring Role of Students is Recognised
Student volunteers with Richard Everard (third from right) at the cheque presentation
of Leicester students who volunteer their time to help others in the community
are to be rewarded by local industry.
than 400 students at the University of Leicester engage in positive action to
benefit others - helping in schools, mentoring pupils, providing free legal
advice, running a playgroup for children with disabilities and much more.
students are all members of Contact Student Community Action - a student-led
association of the Students' Union which supports students who volunteer in
their community. Members volunteer with 40 community organisations and help with
10 organisations run by Contact itself.
the students are to receive funding from the Everard Foundation in recognition
of their contribution and achievements. Richard Everard from the Foundation will
visit Contact on Friday May 17 at 2.30pm to see the work of the students and
present them with a cheque.
Barton, Contact co-ordinator said: "Our work is predominantly concerned
with local groups, but there are Student Community Action groups around the
country at virtually every higher education institution which benefits the
community at a national level.
has developed rapidly in recent years partly due to the funding for a full time
worker. This has allowed Contact to concentrate on project development and
opportunities for students to set up and run their own projects. Student-led
activities such as these are a great way to develop new skills and a fantastic
achievement for the volunteers involved."
added: "Richard Everard has supported and recognised Contact's work for
many years and we are very grateful to him for this. His visit provides a moment
of glory for Contact's work and allows us to improve and develop the work we do.
We will use the money presented to Contact on committee training as well as
resources for our projects."
For more information, please contact Claire Barton, Contact Co-ordinator,
Students' Union, University of Leicester, Tel: 0116 223 1141
the activities Contact is involved with are:
new project which was set up this year. The project aims to spend an hour at
Medway Primary School in Leicester listening to children read or helping with an
aspect of their schoolwork that they find difficult.
new project for this year has been set up to support international students
arriving at the university.
receives many requests for help throughout the year. Recently members painted a
mural at a local primary school and also painted the kitchen at a day centre -
13-16 year olds in order to encourage them to consider higher education. Members
will be motivating them to aim high and achieve their potential.
is a legal advice service offered by students for students. This project is
aimed at law students.
- Student Community Action Mobility Playgroup
playgroup is run and organised by Contact and provides the opportunity for
children with disabilities to take part in a variety of energetic games. It
takes place every Sunday in the Charles Wilson Sports Hall from 1.30pm-3.30pm.
local school children aged 13-16, this project aims to provide a 'taste' of
student life for people who have no family tradition of going on to Higher
Education who are capable of going to university but need re-motivating to
achieve their potential.
offers other projects alongside those which it has developed itself. These
projects tend to be well known organisations such as The British Red Cross.
is a student-run service that operates every night during term-time between 8pm
and 8am. It aims to provide callers with confidential emotional support.
Nightline is renowned for its excellent training and support network.
University of Leicester Welfare Team offer a free and confidential pregnancy
testing service to women students in the Women's Room. It is available from 1pm
- 2pm Monday - Friday and student volunteers run it.
OF LEICESTER CHARITIES APPEAL - RAG
is a society within the Students' Union that hosts a range of events throughout
the year to help charities. Each year around £50,000 is raised for local and
ACTION FOR REFUGEES - STAR
is a recently established organisation which works closely with Oxfam, Red Cross
and Refugee Action.
within the local community
all Contact's projects are based around the Students' Union- below are a few of
the community projects with which members are engaged:
is a project where members work with disabled and/or socially excluded people.
There are many skills and benefits to be gained from FOCUS, members can develop
team-building skills, communication skills, and are given the chance to learn
as a classroom assistant.
is a school for physically disabled young people from the age of 5 to 19, whose
special educational and health needs make it difficult for them to attend a
mainstream school. Volunteers assist in the classroom and run outside clubs such
as Cubs and Brownies.
AGAINST DOMESTIC ABUSE (ADA)
is part of Women's Aid Leicestershire and offers a free and confidential service
for women who are experiencing, have experienced or are at risk of experiencing
domestic violence. Only women can volunteer for ADA.
with gay and bisexual men in Leicester TRADE provides free and confidential
services relating to HIV, AIDS and men's sexual health. There are several
volunteering opportunities with TRADE.
in the local community LCW aims to help people cope with fear and intimidation
providing emotional and practical support to witnesses of crime and anti-social
behaviour. Full training is provided.
who have a non-degenerative acquired brain injury are supported by Headway,
which also offers information and support to relatives and carers. Headway runs
a day centre for which it requires volunteers.
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