The Power of Volunteering

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University of Leicester student volunteers impact on the local community

Issued by the University of Leicester on 19 March 2015

More than 150 University of Leicester student volunteers have made a powerful impact in the local community after enriching the learning experiences of around 2000 school children.

Through a range of rewarding long term, short term and one-off school based opportunities organised by the University’s Career Development Service, student volunteers were given the chance to share their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm for learning with children across the county.

Activities included creating and delivering creative writing workshops and school assemblies, storytelling, providing GCSE Maths support and facilitating after school clubs. These activities provided students with an opportunity to flex their creative muscles and draw upon strengths to support children from the ages of 5 to 16.

As well as helping to directly benefit the learning experiences of children across Leicestershire, the opportunities enabled student volunteers to enhance their employability skills, gain confidence and test out a potential career route.

Chani Sandhu, Volunteering Project Co-ordinator at the Career Development Service, said: “The volunteers have made an incredible impact in the local community, engaging with around 2000 school children. We’ve had some fantastic feedback from the schools, thanking us and the student volunteers for the wonderful job they have done. Volunteering is not only a great way to benefit the local community, but also acts as an excellent way of developing skills and confidence.”

During the Chinese New Year in February 2015, 30 international volunteers planned and delivered assemblies based on different aspects of the Chinese culture in five different schools.

Karen Stuart, Assistant Head Teacher at St Thomas Moore School, said: “Thank you for sending the volunteers to teach our children about the Chinese culture. The children really enjoyed the presentation.”

Anna Boychuk, Head Teacher at Whitehall Primary School, added: “I just wanted to say a big thank you for the assembly and can you please congratulate the students for their excellent assembly – the students did really well.”

During World Book Day 2015, nine student volunteers participated in a reading challenge at Parkland Primary School with children in 12 classes. One of the student volunteers, Lucy Brownson, said: “I personally really enjoyed it, and found that the kids seemed to as well. This was a great opportunity to develop my interpersonal and leadership skills, as the work required me to get out of my comfort zone and really interact with the kids, while keeping them on task and making sure that they engaged with the reading itself.”

Jo Andrews from Parkland Primary School was impressed with the student volunteers on the day – she said: “They were all fantastic and showed a really professional attitude. They engaged with the children really well and questioned them too. We would love to welcome them back to read with children anytime.”

The Career Development Service actively supports students in finding different types of volunteering opportunities within a range of sectors. Many opportunities are advertised on MyCareers – the University’s online portal for supporting the career development needs of all its students.

Schools and organisations interested in recruiting talented and enthusiastic student volunteers can contact the Career Development Service on volunteering@le.ac.uk 

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