I received a lovely email this morning telling me I’d been nominated for the Student Volunteer of the Year Award by Skelmersdale Community Food Initiative (SCFI). Although I wasn’t shortlisted it was a great surprise and brilliant that they took the time to prepare a nomination especially when I know how busy they are.
Since I started volunteering with SCFI l’ve met some lovely people, improved my knowledge (especially of social media) and attended a marketing training course specifically targeted at charities. I can definitely recommend volunteering and whether you’re a student or not, there are loads of opportunities available to use the skills you already have, to gain new ones, or to help others and just have fun.
Good luck to the five shortlisted finalists; Conor, Gary, Harriette, Henry and Simon. http://www.studentvolunteeringweek.org.uk
If you are thinking of volunteering and live in West Lancashire, don’t hesitate, contact: http://www.wlcvs.org (who helped me) or elsewhere in the UK https://do-it.org
…………………..Here is the email that made my day!.………………..
Congratulations! You were nominated for the Student Volunteer of the Year Award! The Award is run by Student Volunteering Week, an annual, nationwide campaign that celebrates students like you all over the country and inspires many more students to get involved in social action.
Unfortunately you were not selected by our panel of judges to be shortlisted for the Award, although being nominated is a fantastic achievement and a sign that you deserve to be recognised for your commitment to making a positive impact in your community. We’ve included your nomination at the end of this email so that you can find out who nominated you and why they thought you deserved to be recognised.
We’ll be presenting the Award to the winner today at a special Parliamentary Celebration in the House of Commons in London.
Congratulations again on your nomination, and all the best as your social action journey continues!
The Student Volunteering Week team
- Please describe the nominee’s volunteering activity. How have they demonstrated passion and commitment? Who has benefitted from their volunteering? Describe their positive social impact.
“Val has committed herself to working with us in terms of developing a cohesive approach to our social media. As a small charity her commitment to us is invaluable as she brings with her not only passion and enthusiasm but real skills both in nutrition and social media knowledge. I cannot praise her commitment to us enough.”
- Please tell us what you think makes this student an inspiring volunteer.
“Val is giving her time freely and without any cost to us either on a monetary or time basis to us. Val comes prepared for every interaction she has with staff and fellow volunteers and we have found her extremely efficient in her dealings with us. She has worked autonomously and with great purpose in her own time“
Nominator: Skelmersdale Community Food Initiative