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Student Volunteering Recognised at Awards Ceremony

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Dozens of students from the University of Worcester will be recognised for the hundreds of hours of volunteering they have contributed to their local communities, during a special awards ceremony next week.

Worcester Students’ Union is holding its annual Volunteering and Societies Awards on Monday at Worcestershire County Cricket Club, rewarding students for their significant contribution to the community and the University.

Joined by Professor Rosalind Foskett, Deputy Vice Chancellor and John Ryan, University Secretary & Pro Vice Chancellor, seventy volunteers will attend the exciting event waiting to hear who will receive the prestigious awards. 

Twelve students will be awarded Special Volunteering awards, six will be named as best Student Academic Representatives of the Year and four will receive awards for contribution to student societies. 

Kynton Swingle, President of Worcester’s Students’ Union, said: “The Volunteering and Societies Awards are a great event showcasing the fantastic work our students do outside of their studies. The variety of work and the massive number of hours they put in is phenomenal, so it’s a great way to celebrate their achievements and show how amazing our students are.”

The Community Volunteer of the Year award is sponsored by Worcestershire Ambassadors. 

Max Edwards, from the Ambassadors, said: “The Worcestershire Ambassadors work across all different strands of the community to promote Worcestershire within the county and to the rest of the country and beyond.  We are proud to launch our Young Ambassadors initiative, supporting and encouraging the amazing young talent here in Worcestershire.  We are working closely in partnership with the University of Worcester and as part of that are supporting the Community Volunteer of the Year Award.”

The nominated students took part in activities, such as volunteering for the Maggs Day Centre for the homeless, Brownies, teaching the elderly about computers at Riverside building and Headway Worcester Trust. 

Kynton added: “In a time when it’s becoming even more difficult to find employment, voluntary work is a valuable way not only to get some real hands on experience, but also a great way for personal development. I think it’s also important that we help our students become active citizens within the local community and through undertaking voluntary work, it helps bring the students of Worcester even closer to the residents of Worcester.”