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Student volunteers sign up

(4 November 2003)

A Voluntary Work Fair will be held at the University of Durham, Queen’s Campus, Stockton on Thursday 6 November from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The annual event provides an opportunity for a wide range of local and national organisations ranging from Butterwick Hospice to VSO to promote voluntary work opportunities and offer advice to applicants.

Among this year’s exhibitors are members of the University’s Student Community Action team who have recently appointed Andrew Laidler as the Queen’s Campus SCA representative. The new post has been created to maximise the opportunities for further integrating students and the community in close partnership.

Based at the University’s fast-growing Queen’s Campus, Andrew will be working in partnership with a range of organisations to co-ordinate and develop projects which bring SCA expertise to the Tees Valley. His work will include identifying and promoting opportunities for students to be actively engaged in a range of voluntary activities.

The University’s SCA is one of the biggest Student Community Action groups in the country, currently involving over 700 student volunteers in well over 40 projects across the region. It supports and runs an ever increasing number of projects giving a huge range of different volunteering opportunities to its member from gardening and conservation work to homework clubs for local schools and sports coaching.

Andrew said: ”By encouraging student volunteering, SCA aims to enhance personal development and build on the excellent town and gown relationships that the Queen’s Campus has already developed. Any level of involvement is valued, and the time projects can take up is varied and flexible. It doesn’t matter how little or how much students are involved—it all adds up”.

Organised by the University’s Careers Service, the event provides students with an insight into the wide range of options that are available.

Sharon Richardson, Senior Careers Adviser at the University of Durham said: “The Fair provides an ideal opportunity for students to meet with various organisations – and for volunteer agencies to find out what our students have to offer. Volunteer work is also an ideal way in which to strengthen further links with the community, giving students and staff the opportunity to gain new skills and experiences whilst engaging with local people”.

For further information about this release contact: Jan Cawood, Public Relations Officer, tel: 0191 3340018 or Sharon Richardson, Senior Careers Adviser tel: 0191 3340200.

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