Press Release

13 June 2014

Canterbury Christ Church University students made this year's Tune in to Volunteering event one to remember celebrating its highest contribution of volunteering to date.

Almost 20,000 hours of voluntary work was given to the local community this academic year, which falls over the 30th anniversary of National Volunteers Week.

Certificates being awarded by Lord Mayor, Councillor Ann Taylor and Sheriff, Councillor Tony Austin
Certificates being awarded by Lord Mayor, Councillor Ann Taylor and Sheriff, Councillor Tony Austin

Over 1100 students got involved in volunteering this year and were all invited to the event where surrounding community volunteer partners, including Catching Lives, Kent Fire & Rescue and Epilepsy Here, also attended to acknowledge the efforts of local volunteers.

Volunteering Co-ordinator, Judy Challis said, “Tune in to Volunteering allows us to celebrate the voluntary work done in the local community, not only by our students but by other members of the public.

“It is lovely to be able to host an event which is enjoyed and appreciated by so many and to say a public thank you to volunteers from different backgrounds that give their time so unselfishly.”

The Galvin Quartet playing
The Galvin Quartet playing

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Canterbury Christ Church University, Professor Susan Piotrowski, Lord Mayor, Councillor Ann Taylor and Sheriff, Councillor Tony Austin opened the event congratulating the volunteers on their hard work and dedication to the community.

Presentations of certificates were then awarded to the volunteers by Judy Challis, Lucy Dearden, Student Engagement Officer at the University and Alex Krutnik, Manager of Canterbury and Herne Bay Volunteer Centre, followed by live music performed by The Galvin Quartet, a group of Postgraduate students from the University, and a barbeque lunch.

Professor Piotrowski said: “We are very proud indeed of our student volunteers and the massive contribution they make to local organisations. The University prides itself on being a community university so the huge amount of time given by our students really does help us enhance the work of Christ Church. We congratulate them on their achievements.”

Notes to Editor

Community Volunteer Partners

  • Kent Fire & Rescue
  • L’Arche Kent
  • Strode Park
  • Canterbury & Herne Bay Volunteer Centre, CHBVC
  • Catching Lives
  • Epilepsy Here
  • Umbrella Centre
  • Age UK
  • Querns
  • Canterbury College
  • Independent Monitoring Board
  • Macmillan EK
  • Migrant Help
  • Circles South East

Please view photographs of day here: For image requests please email Holly Finch,

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.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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