22 Feb 2016

Searching for stars: celebrating student volunteering in York

This week is national Student Volunteering Week, an annual celebration of the achievements of student volunteers in their local communities - and the perfect time to open nominations for this year's Higher York Student Volunteering Awards!

Lauren Wilson 4In York, students from the city’s universities and colleges gave at least 75,000 hours of their time to volunteering last year, equating to over £500,000 if they were paid the minimum wage.  Students volunteer with a vast range of projects, such as mentoring young people, conservation work and care support for local people.  A lot of students also volunteer in local schools, helping out across a range of subjects and activities – University of York Physics students for example recently ran workshops with children at Westfield Primary School, helping them to build programmable Lego robots.

While all of York’s student volunteers make a positive impact on the people they are working with, there are some who stand out as having made an exceptional contribution - and that is something that should be celebrated!  The annual Higher York Student Volunteering Awards aim to celebrate and recognise York students who have made an outstanding voluntary contribution in the local area. And Student Volunteering Week is the perfect opportunity to start the search for this year’s student volunteer stars!

Voluntary organisations in the York area are invited to nominate student volunteers who they feel deserve recognition at this year’s Higher York Student Volunteering Awards event. Students from Askham Bryan College, the University of York, York College or York St John University can be nominated for an award. The Civic Party will be joining the students and staff from the voluntary organisations in their celebrations on 17th May, and the event will once again be compered by BBC Radio York’s Elly Fiorentini.

To find out how to nominate your outstanding volunteer, visit our Volunteering Awards page or contact us on, tel. 01904 876350. Nominations close on 8th April.

Photo shows Lauren Wilson, one of last year’s Award winners, who volunteered with Musical Connections.