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Student volunteers get their hands dirty for the Big Spring Clean

Posted on 25/02/2011

A record number of 1,387 students are registered as volunteers at Royal Holloway

More than 120 student volunteers at Royal Holloway, University of London have been taking to the streets of Egham, Englefield Green and neighbouring villages to help spruce up the local community as part of the Big Spring Clean being held today (25 February).

Now in its fifth year, the Big Spring Clean aims to help make the local community a cleaner environment and coincides with national Student Volunteering Week, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary.

As well as today, students also gave up their time on Wednesday (23 February) and helped with projects including painting outside furniture and digging over a new garden patch at St Cuthbert’s School in Englefield Green, cleaning the minibus fleet for Age Concern Runnymede and clearing litter around the streets of Egham and Englefield Green.

As part of National Student Volunteering Week, Royal Holloway also hosted a two day Mosaic workshop in partnership with local organisation Community Network, based on a 2012 Olympics rowing theme. The volunteers who took part will be given the opportunity to be involved with a borough wide project to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta over the coming 18 months.

Phil Simcock, Community Action Volunteer at Royal Holloway, said: “The students make a significant contribution to serving the needs of the local community and this has continued this year by initiatives such as Student Volunteering Week, the BIG Spring Clean, and the Mosaic Project. They deserve a BIG thank you and encouragement for all the work they do as volunteers. The Volunteering England Gold Awards help recognise the importance of their dedication and achievement.”

Following on from the success of last year Royal Holloway hosted another Community Partners’ Network Lunch held at Founders’ Picture Gallery, which was attended by more than 80 guests from over 30 Community Action Partners which student volunteers work with in the local community throughout the year, as well as the Mayor of Runnymede Cllr Margaret Roberts and Deputy Principal Professor Rob Kemp.

Rachel Castle from Volunteering England, presented students Sarah Bartlett, Jerome Lock-Wah-Hoon, Domagoj Fizulic and  Richard Selwyn with the prestigious Volunteering England Gold Award. This recognises students who have shown considerable achievement, dedication and leadership through their community volunteering.

To find out more about student volunteering at Royal Holloway visit: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/volunteering/home.aspx



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