[Press & Publications] Community Minded Students

June 2000

No 126

Students from the University of Leicester have received Millennium Volunteers Awards and Certificates for the voluntary work they have done in the local community. Professor Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, presented the Awards and Certificates to 24 recipients.

The students had worked on a range of projects -SCAMP, Contacts own playgroup for children with disabilities, Advice Lines, Primary Schools and Day Centres.

14 of the students received Certificates to mark the completion of 100 hours of voluntary work, while 10 students received Awards for the completion of 200 hours of voluntary work.

The student volunteers all became involved in voluntary work through the Students' Union's Community Action Group - Contact. Contact recruits students to work on a voluntary basis within Leicester, either on its own student-led projects or on projects led by other groups in the community. It currently places around 180 students in voluntary work each year.

Millennium Volunteers offers young people aged 16-24 the chance to volunteer their time for the benefit of others. Based on the concept of 'an MV for your CV', MV works on the belief that young people should benefit from their voluntary work and gain recognition for what they have achieved.

Note to newsdesk: for more information, ring 0116 2231141 or email contact@le.ac.uk

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