National Student Volunteering Week arrives in the UK
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National Student Volunteering Week began on Monday and aims to celebrate and raise awareness of the possibilities and successes of student volunteering across the country. Students are a committed resource of volunteers and they make a huge contribution to the third sector. The week is organized and supported by NUS, Student Hubs and Barclays. It includes many events and is directed towards provoking debate about relevant hot topics such as employability, citizenship and public engagement. The week includes a competition for the Student Volunteer of the Year Award. Tonight the award will be presented by MP Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, at an NUS reception to celebrate Student Volunteering Week. The finalists include Anna Ray, nominated by Leeds University Union, Bianca Nobilo, nominated by London School of Economics, Natasha Unwin, nominated by Student Hubs, Nicola Byrom, nominated by Student Run Self Help Trustee and Thomas Holt, nominated by Edge Hill Students’ Union. Nick Hurd will host a high profile celebration event which will showcase the results of student volunteering. It will have diverse speakers and guests including representation from education, public, private and voluntary sectors. Also attending will be cross-party political support. As part of the week, NUS are gathering 365 photos which in some way display the impact of student volunteering – one for every day of the year which students impact their communities by volunteering, whether locally or internationally. NUS are also creating an online e-book to bring all the images together as well as showcase images at the celebration event to show the breadth and scope of student volunteering. Read more about National Student Volunteering Week here or check out an initial selection of NUS’s collection of photos here.
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