Wed 13th June, 2012
Making time for helping others while studying at University can be a challenge but ten students from the University of Bedfordshire were recognised for doing just that when they were awarded Volunteering England’s Gold Awards.
The Gold Award for Group Dedication was awarded to Emma Fleet, Harriette Chambers, Amy O’Neil and Ben Kitchen for their work with Alive N Kicking, which aims to improve the health of overweight and obese children.
Jigna Tailor’s work as a project leader for Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) won her the Gold Award for Leadership. The 19-year-old Advertising with Marketing Communications first year student said: “I was so excited and pleased to have won. To have won such an award in my first year of University has motivated me to do even more volunteering next year and to see others getting awards in the ceremony has inspired me to try new things.”
The Gold Award for Dedication was given to Daniela Pavier for her dedication to volunteering for the Bedford and District Cerebral Palsy Society, where she helped young people suffering from Cerebral Palsy. The Gold Award for Achievement was awarded to 24-year-old Animation student Prateek Mathur, from India, for helping to produce marketing material for Team Beds and Luton, which aims to get more people into sport.
Denise Carpenter worked with the Community Resettlement Support Programme (CRSP), which helps prisoners get back into normal life once they are released. It won her the Gold Award for Leadership, Dedication and Achievement.
Phoebe Barnes, who won the Chief Executive Award for Exceptional Achievement for her work as the University’s Sport Maker Co-ordinator for Team Beds and Luton, said: “I was absolutely shocked that I won as I didn't have a clue I had been nominated,” said 19-year-old Phoebe, a Sport and Physical Education student.
Bedfordshire Students’ Union (BedsSU) CEO Michele Flynn said: “Volunteering is such a rewarding thing to do, through supporting individuals, groups or communities our students have developed new skills, made new contacts and developed a wealth of experience that I am sure will help them in their working and social lives in the future.”