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Awards honour best student volunteers

(25 June 2020)

Student volunteers

Durham students both get a world-class education and have fantastic opportunities to develop their personal and leadership skills – including through our volunteering programmes. The best of this year’s student volunteering was honoured at our annual Volunteering Awards.

Volunteering at Durham

We believe volunteering helps our students gain vital skills and experiences, as well as supporting local communities and great charities.

We have one of the most active student volunteering communities of any UK university – a fact recognised recently when we received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award given for community volunteering in the UK.

And the winner is…

Our Volunteering Awards honour the best in student and staff volunteering.

This year’s awards were held remotely via Zoom and Facebook on Wednesday 24 June.

The Student Volunteer of the Year Award went to Amathul Farhath, a Law undergraduate at Trevelyan College, who volunteers with the County Durham Youth Offending Service as a mentor and for young offenders and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, helping tenants with housing issues.

The Outstanding One Off Student Event Award went to Rebecca Fraser, an Education undergraduate, who organised the John Snow College Fashion Show to raise money for the charity Heads-up Durham.

More about student volunteering…

Each year, over 2,000 of our students volunteer – giving a total of almost 40,000 hours of their time.

This has grown from 1,000 students volunteering for a total of 14,000 hours just four years ago.

We support over 80 projects in North East England, covering social inclusion and complex needs, education, the environment and sport and physical activities.

Why do it?

One student volunteer, Harriet, said she had made incredible friends, had amazing fun and helped the local community. She called it the “icing on the cake of my university experience”.

Another, Jenny, said it had brought her “unrivalled joy and positivity” as well as enhancing her employability and skills.

Get involved…

Whether you’re a Durham student, applying to Durham or just interested, find out more at: