Posted on 01/06/2011
Students at Royal Holloway, University of London were applauded for their work in the community at a special volunteering award ceremony. The annual Community Action Volunteering Awards recognises the hard work and dedication of the student volunteers and highlight the positive impact they have on the local community.
Volunteering accreditation certificates were awarded to those who had given more than 30 hours to volunteering during the past year as well as awards presented for individual categories. As the students collected their awards, they spoke of their joy at helping the community, from clearing up local parks, to hosting events for the elderly or disadvantaged.
Bioscience Society was awarded the Volunteering Society of the Year for its work setting up a support network for new students and the Women’s Rugby Club walked away with Volunteering Club of the Year and the RFU Presidents XV ‘This is Rugby’ Award in recognition of the volunteering they do with local youth rugby clubs as well as community projects, such as pond clearing and litter picking.
The Community Partner of the Year award went to Community Network. Community Action Volunteer Manager Phil Simcock acknowledged the hard work that the organisation had put in to thinking of new ideas to getting students involved with volunteering. Receiving the award, Jos Sartain said: “It’s been inspirational working with the students. They’ve volunteered in sailing and gardening projects and helped people with mental health difficulties. We have some great ideas for the future and look forward to continuing to work with the volunteers.”
The Mayor′s Cup for Student Volunteer of the Year 2011 was awarded to Jerome Lock-Wah-Hoon. Presenting the award, the Mayor of Runnymede Cllr David Parr said: “Jerome has been a Community Action team member since 2009 and an active volunteer throughout this time working with community partners such as The BIZ (Boxing Inclusion Zone) which works with disadvantaged young people. He has continuously volunteered to lead projects such as teams for Make A Difference Day, The Big Spring Clean, and Volunteering Week. His positive attitude has an influential impact on those around him, causing them to choose to get involved with the community too.”
Jerome was shocked but delighted to receive the award. He said: “I didn’t expect this. I volunteered in my first year after my exams had finished and made new friends. It’s epic. Volunteering has made my university experience.”