City students take part in Student Volunteering Week
More than 200 students at City University London have signed up to volunteer during national Student Volunteering Week
City student volunteers will be taking part in conservation projects, offering free community IT support and organising events for local schools and elderly residents as part of Student Volunteering Week.
Coordinated by Student Hubs and the National Union of Students (NUS), Student Volunteering Week takes place from Monday 23rd February to Sunday 1st March and aims to celebrate the achievements and impact of student volunteers across the country.
Community Volunteering Officer, Adam Pettit said: "Every year the University's volunteering scheme connects around 1,200 students with events and projects in the local area.
"Student Volunteering Week is a great chance to shine a light on the great work that these students do in their spare time."
The student volunteers will be running several community events for elderly local residents, including an over 60s lunch and social club at Vibast Community Centre, and a pub quiz and coffee morning at St Luke's Community Centre.
They will also be running a Community IT Support drop-in session to help Islington's older residents get to grips with phones, tablets, digital cameras and other gadgets. Held at St Luke's Community Centre, the session will see students assisting with anything from setting up an email account and uploading a CV to accessing pictures on a phone.
Woodland conservation projects and community gardening days will see students cutting back plants, planting hedgerows and helping to clear London parks and woodland areas. These include the Russia Dock Woodland in Rotherhite and the Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve in Ealing.
The student volunteers will also be hosting a Fairtrade workshop for children at Skinners' Academy in Hackney and helping out at a garden party in Camden as part of the Urban Orchard Project.
Adam Pettit said: "Our IT drop in sessions aim to provide assistance to people within Islington who might not otherwise know how to get help with their technology queries. Being able to contact friends and family or to apply for jobs online can make a big different to people's lives."
An annual nationwide campaign to celebrate and raise awareness of student volunteering and to inspire more students to make a positive impact.