Posted on 15/02/2013
On Thursday 14 February, Royal Holloway’s Community Action celebrated 10 years of service to the local community, clocking up an amazing 50,000 hours of student volunteering since 2002.
There are currently over 2,000 registered volunteers and over 170 Community Partner organisations regularly joining forces to enhance life in the local community.
At the anniversary reception attended by the Mayor of Runnymede, some of the many students, staff, and partners who have been involved with Community Action over the years gathered in the Picture Gallery where Vice - Principal Bob O’Keefe thanked everyone and spoke about the many milestones achieved in the last 10 years.
These highlights included students being presented with Higher Education Volunteering Awards in 2004, 2007 and 2008 for student-led voluntary ESOL and ICT projects with young refugees and asylum seekers; the launch of the Big Spring Clean initiative in 2007 where the local community was invited to submit project requests for teams of volunteers to respond to; the national Student Volunteering Week which has been celebrated by hosting a Community Partners Lunch, during which 18 prestigious Volunteering England Gold Awards have been presented by the Mayor of Runnymede to students who show leadership, dedication, and achievement through their volunteering.
Phil Simcock, Community Action Volunteer Manager said: “It is fantastic to celebrate our success over the last 10 years. We have worked hard to establish good practice and develop strong connections with the local community.
“This could not have been achieved without the dedication and commitment shown by our student volunteers who have worked tirelessly and with great enthusiasm to make a real difference. Here’s to the next decade!”
Community Action’s 10 Year anniversary celebrations were scheduled to coincide with this year’s Student Volunteering Week. As part of this, The Inspire Project enhanced a local estate in Englefield Green by making hanging baskets and potted plants to be displayed at the front of houses.
In addition, Royal Holloway’s Alumni Fund supported an art installation community project which will be brought together and displayed in the Windsor Building to commemorate 10 years of action in the community.