20 June 2013
With the government emphasising the importance of volunteering, there has never been a better time to volunteer and Canterbury Christ Church students have done just that, dedicating over 13,000 hours of their time to the local community.
These achievements were recognised by the University at the ‘Tune into Volunteering’ event which was held on the 5th June at St Martin’s Priory. Judy Challis, the volunteering co-ordinator stated: “It is great to be able to celebrate national Volunteers Week by not only applauding our students’ volunteering achievements but enabling many small charities to celebrate with us, recognising their own volunteers.
“This is the 7th year of Tune in to Volunteering and it so good that the University and Community Organisations are able to acclaim together all the great work that occurs voluntarily in our district.”
Pro Vice-chancellor, Sue Piotrowski
Adam Harwood, a 3rd year student studying Psychology, contributed an outstanding 510 hours to Age UK. “I volunteered in the Collins Unit at Age UK, helping to keep clients with quite severe Dementia and Parkinson's both mentally and physically active.
“The skills that I developed there were; adaptability, patience and an ability to keep calm under emotionally challenging situations. I really enjoyed knowing that I had made a difference and a positive change to others’ lives.”
Roger Kyle, also in his third year studying Law contributed 292 hours to the community through volunteering with Witness Support in Medway Magistrates Court. "I have had the utmost pleasure in being given the privilege to volunteer with numerous charitable organisations and other institutions. These include Canterbury Christ Church University, supporting the Law Department at open days and also as an elected student representative and President of the Law Society.
“I am also involved in supporting the graduation team. I volunteer supporting vulnerable and intimidated witnesses as part of Witness Support. I am also a volunteer 'scene manager' at Fort Amherst Historical Trust contributing to the Halloween Event.
“The skills I have developed include but are not restricted to, various communication skills, creativity, innovation, professionalism, team-working, organisation, time-management, leadership and data handling. I would certainly recommend volunteering, particularly in the organisations I am currently supporting, as the sense of accomplishment and contribution is both enlightening and self-rewarding.
Another 3rd year student, Melissa Wilson also completed 243 hours in various sorts of volunteering that tie in with her degree studying Environmental Biology, including at the Wilderness Foundation in Essex. “In the summer of my first year I completed a voluntary internship at the Wilderness Foundation UK. During this I was able to complete a role as an Ecology Assistant for their new conservation project!
“This experience allowed me to develop the ecology skills I will need to become an environmental consultant. Some of the other projects I also enjoyed volunteering at include tree planting, the BioBlitz, and cashiering at the local Barnardos store! As a result of my experiences I have improved my teamwork, interpersonal and written communication skills!"
Notes to Editor
Notes to editors
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2011 UCAS).
- We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey