Posted on 28/02/2014
Patrycja Skurzak, a recent Royal Holloway graduate from the Department of European Studies, was one of just five student volunteers across the UK to be shortlisted for the Student Volunteer of the Year award 2014.
Finalists for the award were invited to attend an event hosted by Tanni Grey-Thompson at the Houses of Parliament on February 26th where the winner was announced. The award, which is organised by NUS and Student Hubs, aims to highlight the contributions that student volunteers make to their communities.
Patrycja, an active volunteer from the moment she joined Royal Holloway, dedicated many hours of her time to projects such as teaching English to young refugees in the UK. The judges were particularly impressed with Patrycja’s involvement in the International Kitchen Project, which encourages international students to teach young people in the community about their culture and cuisine.
On being nominated for the award, Patrycja said: “This year’s nomination for the Student Volunteer of the Year award came as a beautiful surprise and proved, once again, how rewarding and enriching volunteering really is. I left the university with pockets full of beautiful memories, excellent experience and a number of valuable interpersonal skills.”
Community Action Volunteer Manager Phil Simcock commented: “Patrycja’s great work is a real credit to Royal Holloway. We have over 2,000 registered student volunteers at the College, who together are making a big difference. Volunteer work is one of the best ways to develop your skills and your career prospects, and also to develop yourself personally.”
The award was presented as part of Student Volunteering Week, during which students from Royal Holloway have been mentoring young volunteers from the nearby Strode’s College to support the local community with litter picking, gardening and even washing cars.