Posted on 26/02/2014
From washing cars to planting flowers, this week students from Royal Holloway have been answering residents’ requests for help with odd jobs in the community as part of Student Volunteering Week 2014.
After helping with the flood relief effort in Egham and Staines, Royal Holloway’s dedicated Community Action volunteers teamed up, for the first time, with 16 students from Strode's College to mentor them in litter picking, recycling and gardening projects for Good Deed Day on Monday 24 February.
This included handing out request forms to residents asking what projects they would like to see completed in the local area. During the day, the volunteers cleaned cars at the Forest Estate Community Hub, in Englefield Green, picked up litter near St Jude’s Cemetery and mowed an elderly couple’s lawn.
In addition, the team gave the Community Hub a makeover by planting fresh flowers into pots and painted tyres, clearing rubbish and tidying the garden. More than 50 sacks of litter and garden waste were collected during the day.
Phil Simcock, Community Action Volunteer Manager, said: “Good Deed Day has been a fantastic way of getting younger volunteers involved in community projects and I am particularly proud of the members of our Community Action team who helped to recruit and then mentor the Strode’s College students. We had a total of 40 volunteers helping out and we know that all their hard work was really appreciated by local residents.”
Anne Fielding Smith, Principal of Strode’s College, added: “We are really pleased that our students have been helping in this way. It is a great joint venture with Royal Holloway and it’s good to see young people working together to help the community.”
During Student Volunteering Week, a Community Partner Hunt also took place in which groups of students were challenged to find a number of partner organisations within the community. Following the success of a student-led food recycling scheme, the Community Food Hub will also make its debut in Englefield Green on Thursday 27 February.
For more information about Community Action, click here.