Students encouraged to give volunteering a go
TO celebrate and recognise National Student Volunteering Week, Volunteer Now youth team organised ‘taster’ sessions for regional colleges and Universities across Northern Ireland.
Twelve students from Dungannon South West College participated in an environmental project in Parkanaur with the Speedwell Trust.
This was a one off opportunity for them to get an idea of what volunteering could be like.
They were able to help the environment through a clean up and maintenance of the garden as well as learning team building skills through working together and applying their classroom knowledge to such practicalities as health and safety requirements.
The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and have expressed an interest in making their group volunteering experience a regular occurrence.
Eamon McClean, Speedwell Trust Manager, was delighted with the contribution from the students from the college.
He said, “The students worked really well to assist with the maintenance of the Speedwell Secret Garden. We hope that some of them will return to volunteer on a more regular basis.”
Wendy Osborne OBE, Chief Executive, Volunteer Now said: “With more than one in five young people in Northern Ireland currently unemployed, volunteering presents a win-win scenario for young people and the community: they do something positive and make a difference and in return, gain experience and transferrable skills demanded by employers - which may well give them the edge on an application form and in an interview situation. “
To see the range of volunteering opportunities available throughout Northern Ireland go to www.volunteernow.co.uk
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