University of Leicester Volunteers Recognised for Their Good Work
from the University of Leicester are gaining recognition from
‘on High’ for the good work they do in the community.
High Sheriff of Leicestershire, Mr Richard Everard, saw the work of the
students in a local school in his capacity as Chairman of the Everard
Foundation. The Foundation has supported the work of students in the community
for a number of years.
students are all members of Contact, the Student Volunteer group at the
University of Leicester. Mr Everard visited two of Contact's Wednesday
after-school clubs - Homework Help and French Club. Both clubs run at Medway
Community Primary School in Highfields, Leicester.
Grant, Student Volunteering Co-ordinator, said: “Homework Help, as it sounds, is a club that encourages children
to bring their homework with them for extra help after school. The children get one-on-one attention to support them with reading and
writing. Sometimes the children
don't bring any homework with them, which means the volunteers have to be
creative and come up with fun activities for the kids to get involved in!
‘French Club’ creates a fun atmosphere for children to learn a new language.
Veronica Warn, the club co-ordinator uses word and number games as well
as singing and writing activities in French to keep the learning exciting. Volunteers include undergraduates who have studied in France and
who have an interest in teaching. This
popular club has been running since autumn 2001 and currently has a waiting
LEARNING ZONE: The High Sherriff of Leicestershire, Mr Richard Everard (centre) with University of Leicester students, members of the student volunteer group, Contact, and pupils of Medway Community Primary School. Contact members are actively involved in projects and long-term schemes in local schools.
has over 200 student members involved in various activities. They have an
enormous amount of skills and talents between them, which they are able to
develop through a wide range of volunteer activities.
Student Executive President Parm Bhangal explains: “Volunteering offers students the chance to develop new
skills, gain experience and road test their career options in a safe
environment. Many volunteer schemes offer
exciting, accredited training programs as well as a friendly support network.
Volunteering is also a great way to meet new people and broaden your
horizons. Contact also holds plenty of
socials and events to raise the profile of student volunteering and to encourage
our volunteers to meet up and have fun.”
is involved in a range of activities including:
February 19th -
Students’ Union Shadowing Scheme in which approximately 40 students from local
colleges will shadow undergraduates for the day to get a taste of university
life. This project targets students who
come from a non-traditional higher education background and is part of the
university’s widening participation programme.
February 26th - Contact
will host a mentor training session for any students wishing to get involved in
a one-to-one mentor relationship with individuals of various backgrounds.
Open day at SCAMP, one of
our most successful student-led projects. We will invite new volunteers and
interested members of the community to get a taste of this playgroup for
children with developmental problems.
Elections for the new
student executive are coming up in the first week of March - this is a fantastic
opportunity to get experience in running a committee, balancing a budget,
fundraising and general project management.
added: “Contact volunteers are
involved in one-off projects as well as long term schemes. We will be re-visiting a local school soon for a wall painting
session with the help of the children and we are organising a visit to a local
animal sanctuary. Volunteering doesn' t end in June - there are various
volunteer opportunities available for the summer months too!”
Everard will also visit the Contact group at the University on May 9 to make a
presentation to them.
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