Posted on 07/06/2012
Students from Royal Holloway, University of London once again gave up their time to work in the local community as part of Community Action’s 7th annual Volunteering Week.
Around 200 students got involved with a range of projects including IT workshops for mums wanting to go back to work, litter clearance, decorating and gardening - giving up a total of 1,064 hours to serve the local community.
This year had a distinct Olympic theme which was reflected in the projects and activities on offer, including arranging mini-Olympic sports days for schools including St Jude’s Junior, St Cuthbert’s, and Manorcroft Primary and redecorating a communal space at Mathew Arnold School with an Olympic theme to help inspire students.
Volunteering Week is organised in partnership with the Students’ Union, RHUL Sports, Royal Holloway’s Community Action team and local community organisations.
More than 20 community projects benefitted and each one was delighted with the students' contributions. Liz Lawrence, who took part in the IT computer classes, said: “Everyone said how much they enjoyed the classes and the students were really good at the training. This was such a wonderful opportunity and I really appreciate the efforts in making it happen.”
Debbie Fuller, Volunteer Coordinator, Age UK Runnymede & Spelthorne commented: “The local resident, and his carer, are really appreciative of all the effort the students have put in over the last three days. In fact during the day he was overcome with emotion with all that they were doing for him and was quite tearful. The students have all been lovely people, so a huge thank you to all the team for their efforts.”
Phil Simcock, Community Action Volunteer Manager, added: “Student volunteers have once again fully thrown themselves into their community projects to make for one of the most successful Volunteering Week’s to date. It has been great to see the students having fun whilst serving the most needy within the local community.”