Kind hearted students have given up their time to support local good causes during Volunteering England’s tenth annual Student Volunteering Week in February.
The University of Cumbria Students’ Union organised various events between 21 and 27 February to encourage students to get involved. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7MTEv80MO4
More than 15 volunteers from the Lancaster, Penrith and Carlisle campuses worked with service users at Heathlands on a painting, decorating, and outdoors project and ten students took part in a similar project at the Eden Foyer in Penrith.
Heathlands Farm day centre for adults with learning disabilities at Harker, Carlisle, provided an opportunity for students to form a befriending environment whilst working on a painting, decorating and outdoors project, allowing the members to develop confidence and relationships by offering practical assistance and support.
The Eden Foyer is the only facility in Cumbria which provides young people with support and opportunities into independent living. The Foyer offers a wide range of services for young people and the wider community.
Kati Brown, the Students’ Union Volunteering Facilitator said of the week:“It has been a great success, it’s been a lot of fun and has made a big impact on the organisations we’ve been working with. Everyone who took part really enjoyed themselves and hopefully this will encourage more students to take part in volunteering opportunities throughout the year.
“As well as being a great way to develop skills, build experience, and get involved with the community, it is also good for potential employers to see on the CV of any student.”
In the last academic year, 49% of students across the UK took part in volunteering, giving more than three million hours to their communities and contributing an estimated £42 million to the economy.
Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs, chair of Volunteering England said: “Volunteering provides the opportunity for students form all backgrounds and cultures to engage with their community in diverse ways, helping challenge and overcome barriers between different groups. Volunteering England’s Student Volunteering Week enables a variety of organisations to make a real contribution to the future of students and the future of their communities. As Volunteering England’s Chair, I am proud to endorse the campaign.”