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Students Gain Recognition for Voluntary Work

June 2003

Contact Student Volunteers Celebration Event

Students from the University of Leicester who have devoted their time to helping others in the community have been recognised for their valuable contribution.

A ceremony was held on Wednesday, June 11, when members of Contact, the Student Community Action Group, received awards from Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor John Holloway.

Members of Contact are involved in a range of projects including:

HOMEWORK HELP AND FRENCH CLUB

Students spend time at Medway Primary School in Leicester listening to children read, teaching them French or helping with an aspect of their school work that they find difficult.

INTERNATIONAL ORIENTATION PROGRAMME VOLUNTEER

A project to support and welcome international students arriving at the university.

'ONE OFFS'

Contact receives many requests for help throughout the year. Recently members have painted murals at a local primary schools and they have put their DIY skills to the test at the Oncology unit at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. They have also spent a day at Redgate Animal Sanctuary helping out on the grounds this June.

PARTNERSHIPS FOR PROGRESSION

Mentoring 13-16 year olds in order to encourage them to consider higher education.

SCAMP

Student Community Action Mobility Playgroup

A playgroup run and organised by Contact and provides the opportunity for children with disabilities to take part in a variety of energetic games.

STUDENT SHADOWING SCHEME

Allowing youngsters to experience HE.

Korin Grant, Student Volunteering Co-Ordinator, said: “We had an evening of celebration and appreciation in honour of the University of Leicester's many fantastic student volunteers. Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor John Holloway was present and awarded certificates to student volunteers.  Also in attendance were representatives from the many projects that we work with, including Catalyst, Leicester Witness Cocoon, Headway Leicester, Leicester Education Business Company, local schools and users of our own extremely successful student-led volunteer projects.”

“In addition, on Saturday June 7, students of the University of Leicester put their 'green fingers' and DIY skills to the test at the Leicester Royal Infirmary as part of an event called MADD2 (Make a Difference Day 2).  Students sanded and painted benches in an effort to spruce up the view from the balcony of the Oncology unit.”

For more information, contact Korin Grant, Student Volunteer Co-ordinator, on 0116 223 1141 or email contact@le.ac.uk

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