The Awards are a fantastic way of showcasing the voluntary contribution that students make to the local area and the positive impact this has on local people and organisations. Last year, student volunteers gave at least 75,000 hours of their time to voluntary projects, equating to over £500,000 if they were paid the minimum wage.
Our 2016 award winners have contributed to a wide range of voluntary projects and worked with all ages of the community, from babies and toddlers in York’s Children’s Centres, to more elderly residents in local care homes. A number of awards were also being given to student support and welfare initiatives such as the ‘Mind Your Head’ mental health campaign, which was devised by a group of graduate students at the University of York.
Catherine Mason, who studies at York St John University and volunteers with York Rescue Boat, said: “I really enjoy giving my time to this charity, it’s a brilliant feeling that you get when you know that you are making a difference to people’s lives. Even though they are very late nights in all weather conditions, I love every minute of it.”
The value of the contribution made by student volunteers like Catherine was summed up by Dave Horn from York Rescue Boat, who commented “Catherine is a committed member of the team. She brings enthusiasm during what can be demanding circumstances, and has shown maturity and self-control in her dealings with the public. We would very much welcome more student volunteers like Catherine.”
The 2016 Award winners were:
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