Student volunteers showcase projects to enrich learning experience of school children

Posted by ap507 at Jun 12, 2015 01:23 PM |
University of Leicester students presented volunteering work to Chairman of Everard’s Brewery Richard Everard on 5 June
Student volunteers showcase projects to enrich learning experience of school children

From L to R: Elizabeth Cornish; Mark Maher; Gilbert Bett ; Richard Everard; Jack Castledine; Vanessa Harris; Bottom row, from L to R: Giovanna Marasco; Maria Duong

University of Leicester students recently showcased their volunteering work when Richard Everard, Chairman of Everard’s Brewery, visited the campus on Friday 5 June.

Richard Everard makes an annual donation of £2,000 to Contact Student Volunteers and the Career Development Service, with this year marking the 27th anniversary of his support.

Mr Everard met with volunteers and members of Contact Student Volunteers (the Students’ Union student volunteering association) and staff from the Career Development Service (who work closely with Contact Student Volunteers) who showcased a range of different volunteering projects to Mr Everard, which have been made possible through the support of the Everard Foundation.

Vanessa Harris, Volunteering Project Manager at the University’s Career Development Service, opened proceedings by thanking Mr Everard for his continuous support and outlined how his funding had supported a range of school volunteering projects this year, which has engaged and enriched the learning experiences of more than 2,000 school children.

Mrs Harris said: “We really appreciate the support of Richard Everard and look forward to his annual visit where we can showcase and celebrate some of the volunteering projects that our students have been involved in. Volunteering continues to be a great way of giving back to the community, whilst providing a flexible and rewarding way for students to develop their transferable skills beyond academic studies.”

Maria Duong, the President of Contact Student Volunteers, presented an overview of the society’s achievements this year to showcase how Mr Everard’s funding had helped in delivering a range of projects, such as a ‘12 days of Christmas’ themed event that involved a different volunteering activity each day in the run up to Christmas. Overall, the society had 104 active members volunteering during the 2014/15 academic year.

Giovanna Marasco, a student who participated in the Creative Writing in Primary Schools Project organised by the Career Development Service, talked about her experience in engaging students to think and write creatively through a series of carefully planned and delivered lessons. She reflected on the range of transferable skills developed through the experience and how this had influenced her career ambitions to work in academia.

Mr Everard was impressed with the impact of the volunteering activities undertaken this year and thanked the students for their commitment to making a positive contribution to the community.

Mark Maher, Volunteering Project Co-ordinator at the Career Development Service, said: “It was a great event that really showcased some of the fantastic volunteering work our students have been engaged in this year. Without Richard’s generous donation, we would not be in a position to run such impactful projects in the community.”

For more information on student volunteering, visit the Career Development Service website.


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