Leeds for Life student volunteers honoured
Some of the extraordinary achievements of Leeds student volunteers were celebrated at the 2011 LeedsforLife Citizenship Awards ceremony on 4 May.
Introducing the awards to the audience of staff, students, alumni, and public and private sector representatives, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Education, Professor Vivien Jones, said that the volunteers recognised by the awards represented just the tip of the iceberg. Every year, over 2,000 students get involved in projects supported by the University, LUU societies, the Volunteering and Community Office, Action and RAG fundraising. Professor Jones said: "Our aim is to support the development of outstanding graduates who have gained valuable experiences and an ability to confidently articulate their own skills development through a range of activities. Volunteering forms part of this key offer to our students. We want our students to go forward into the world and continue to make a positive impact."
Commenting on the nominations, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Arthur, said: "I personally feel humbled by these amazing young people who, despite significant academic and social commitments, still find the time and dedication to support others. As we enter challenging times for the sector as a whole, the University has a firm commitment to LeedsforLife and the student experience. We know the value of our students' contribution to society and we firmly believe in sustaining our support for students to take part in a wide range of activities that will bring their skills, passions, interests and creativity to bear on wider society."
The winners and shortlisted nominees in each category were:
Project of the Year Award
Looked After Children Mentoring Scheme
(Winner) Supporting 110 student mentors in recent years to work with young people in care, helping to raise their confidence, support their studies, and provide role models
Everest Base Camp
Celine Wo, Katie Louden, Victoria Strawson
Marks in Time Project
(Joint winner) Work for Homed, recruiting and co-ordinating student volunteers supporting the homeless in Leeds, and for Action's Easter and Summer Holiday projects taking local children away for a break away from the city
(Joint winner) Hospital work in Bihar, India, a voluntary sector centre supporting over 5 million people
(Joint winner) As outgoing President of Action, work including creating new volunteering opportunities through LUU societies, training students in child protection work, and working with LUU societies to establish new projects
(Joint winner) Contribution to the Looked After Children Mentoring scheme, supporting trips and setting up a network of undergraduate mentors
Law's Community Work
Travis Finlayson, David McCluskey, Jayne Murphy, Dashini Ramrous and Amarjit Rayat (Winners) - a range of community legal projects, including a free legal advice service and activities to raise awareness of the law amongst disadvantaged young people
Jemima Heap and Natalie Tui
Social Responsibility in Action
Student Action for Refugees
Elizabeth Lowenstein (Winner) - leadership of a local action group aimed at raising awareness of and campaigning on issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers.
Harriet Endley and Nick Verrill
The School Reps Project
Laura Elson and Lisa Burton
LeedsforLife Foundation Award
Drug Rehabilitation Research
Emma Schroder (Winner) - a challenging trip to Nepal to research drug rehabilitiation services in the country
Perceptions of Leprosy
Sport and Wellbeing Award
Rahim Kheraj, Harry Roberts and Ben Fisher (Winners) - a project to teach young people from inner city schools and at risk of being "not in education, training or employment" to windsurf
RAG Bike to Berlin
Laura Evans, Jo Sawkins, Peter Renvoize and Craig McColl