Student volunteers make an impact

Posted by nm365 at Jan 31, 2019 04:05 PM |

Alongside their studies, University of Leicester students have been busy volunteering for a variety of causes and making a positive impact on the local community. Since September, over 20 students have been volunteering regularly as Story Sharers in three local primary schools to support pupils with their reading skills.

Chandni Sandhu, Story Sharers Project Co-ordinator said “The Storysharers project is a great way to encourage children to read and stimulate their imagination. Our volunteers have been spending up to 90 minutes in a school on a weekly basis and I’m really proud of the positive impact they have been making in the community”.

In December, students took part in a variety of Christmas themed volunteering activities including the ever popular Toys on the Table appeal which saw over 30 students wrapping Christmas presents for local disadvantaged children. An international student who took part said:

“I felt proud and happy and a sense of achievement – especially when I imagine the smile on the child’s face! I really enjoyed volunteering and I think it enriches my life in the UK.”

Students also visited two local care homes, in partnership with local organisation Learning for the 4th Age, to make Christmas crafts with the residents. Learning for the 4th Age offer learning opportunities to older people in need of care or support, primarily in Leicester and Leicestershire.

Other projects and organisations that students have been volunteering with include: Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, Citizens Advice Bureau, British Heart Foundation, Warning Zone, Friends of Welford Road Cemetery and many more.

Not only are students making a positive difference to the local community, they are also making a different to themselves through the development of transferable skills. When asked to give feedback on their volunteering students were overwhelmingly positive.

One of the Story Sharer volunteers said about her experience:

“I gained invaluable experience and extra classroom management skills, throughout the time I spent volunteering, and have no doubt that the connection I formed with the school helped me with my Teacher Training Application”.

If you'd like to find out more about volunteering, get involved in by attending the Opportunities Fair on 1 February or during Student Volunteering Week 2019 between 11-19 February.

If you have any questions about volunteering or would like some support in getting started, please email volunteer@le.ac.uk

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