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Students strike gold at volunteering awards

Posted on 28/02/2012
Students receive Gold Awards for volunteering

Five students from Royal Holloway, University of London have been recognised for the hours of hard work they have put in to volunteering in the local community.

The students were presented with Volunteering England Gold Awards - a prestigious mark of excellence in student volunteering – at a special ceremony last week to mark Student Volunteering Week.

Jaanki Bhojani, Will Clark, Sophie Crockett, Jade Kearney and Olivia Davis all received VE Gold Awards.

Olivia Davis was awarded for dedication to the Community Action student team and being a regular volunteer at The Village Centre, in Englefield Green, over the past two years. She has also been a regular teacher at a refugee centre and provided leadership during a number of project day teams.

Speaking at the ceremony, Olivia said: “I’m really grateful to receive the award. We are lucky at Royal Holloway to have so many opportunities to volunteer. Some of the students at the refugee centre arrive without being able to speak any English. It’s so rewarding when you teach them some phrases and then you return the following week and they are using them. You really feel like you are making a difference.”  

Community Partners attending the event included: Merlewood Residential Home; Sunrise Senior Living; The BIZ; Surrey Police; Surrey County Council; Egham & Englefield Green Youth Centres; Oxfam; Englefield Green Scout Group; and Battersea Cats & Dogs Home.

Phil Simcock, Community Action Volunteer Manager, said: “Royal Holloway’s volunteers are active all year round from summer to Christmas projects, as individual volunteers with charities and community organisations to project teams within the local community, and getting involved with one off events.

“It is good to stop for a moment and celebrate with our community partners all that is being achieved with the help of the student volunteers. The Volunteering England Gold Awards are a mark of excellence, and we are pleased to be able to present an award to four of our students.”

For more information about volunteering and the VE Gold Awards visit the Community Action Volunteer website


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