Students make a difference in Leicester schools

Posted by nm365 at Oct 25, 2019 11:09 AM |

Over 125 students gave up a few hours of their time to help schoolchildren to celebrate Diwali and improve their reading at the inaugural Make A Difference Week, between 21-25 October.

Make a Difference Weeks enable students to make a positive difference through supporting causes that impact the local area. There are several Make A Difference Weeks throughout the year, comprising practical volunteering, fundraising, campaigning and awareness raising. These one-off activities don’t require ongoing commitment, giving you the opportunity to gain experience and support your personal development, well-being and sense of community.

Medical student Aysha, said: “It was such a joy to spend the morning with energetic, loud, happy 6 and 7 year-olds! The children eagerly showed me their wonderful colouring, told me all about their pets and siblings, and even played games with me at break time! I had a brilliant time. It felt incredibly rewarding to support and inspire these young children, just by volunteering a few hours of my time at the school. I’d encourage anyone to take part in Make a Difference Weeks - it’s a fun and easy way to get involved and help the local community!"

31 students from the University created crafts at Wolsey House Primary School. A staff member said: “The students were brilliant and were very helpful in the classroom…the children loved making the paper plate fireworks and bunting. It was a great success!

As part of the Make A Difference Week, Teach First also provided their top tips to students interested in working in a primary school.

November’s Make A Difference Week – between 11-15 November – focuses on improving the local community.

Future themes include homelessness, wellbeing, and the environment.

To find out more, including how to volunteer, visit www.le.ac.uk/make-a-difference

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