Tuesday, 4 December 2007

I went to the University of Leeds Volunteering Awards this afternoon...

I had been asked to go to present the Education Award but I was struck by the information I discovered about the University's volunteering scheme. It involves 2000 volunteers working over 6500 hours in 250 schools... that's about 100 full time equivalent posts! We all know the difference schemes like this make and the impact these wonderful young people have in our schools. The nominees for the Education Award were Kayleigh Orr, Beth Atkinson and Victoria Edwards.Kayleigh worked as an arts mentor accompanying young people on field trips and attending sessions in school as well as completing 260 hours of volunteering. Beth volunteered at Lawnswood School working with two students who have decided to pursue further studies at Art School. Victoria led a project called Changing Futures for Young People in Public Care mentoring young people in care.

The judging panel were so impressed with these nominees that they awarded Kayleigh Orr the individual award and Changing Futures an additional award for the project. It was an inspiring afternoon where students showed their real passion, commitment and determination to make a real difference to young people and the communities where they live.

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