Next week (1st-7th June) is National Volunteers week. Students here at Huddersfield New College give an impressive number of hours to their volunteering commitments, both inside and out of the College community.

National Volunteers Week is an opportunity to recognise the work that those who volunteer undertake, and the positive impact it has. Voluntary work has played a huge part in how the country has tackled the pandemic; throughout the lockdowns and remote learning periods, our students have continued to safely support their communities through a number of initiatives, including offering support as mental health champions at monthly virtual drop-in sessions, to volunteering their time in local food banks.

The College offers its students a variety of ways to give back, and all students are able to sign up to a range of volunteering opportunities through its wider enrichment programme, including our ambassador schemes, the Duke of Edinburgh awards and through supporting our charity of the year. The College’s Student Diversity Champions have achieved the 10- hour V-Inspired Volunteering Award in recognition of the time they have dedicated to fundraising for the College’s ‘Charity of the Year’. V-inspired awards are nationally recognised by employers and university admissions teams.

Erika Montgomery, Director of Wider Student Enrichment, comments “Despite the pandemic, our students continue to work hard and volunteer their time towards a number of causes, both inside and outside of College. We continuously recognise students’ hard work throughout the year, and encourage them to work towards achieving the V-inspired award. Not only does this hard work benefit our local community, it also helps our students to stand out from the crowd when progressing to their next steps. I’m proud to be part of a College that works so hard to make our local community a better place for everyone”

If you’re looking to volunteer your time, why not start this weekend with the ‘Big Huddersfield Clean Up’? This local project is aiming to help clear canal paths and popular footpaths in and around the town centre in the lead up to the summer months. You can find out more here.

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