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Asad and The MayorBrunel Volunteers Awards 2019 6

Volunteer of the Year: 2016

Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering: 2019

Gold Award winner: 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19

“Volunteering is something I have always enjoyed doing. I first started volunteering way back in primary school, well before I joined the lively and exciting volunteering community at Brunel. Every single opportunity that I have volunteered for gives me great happiness and pleasure. Helping people, seeing them smile, hearing their feedback – these are all just a few of the things that make volunteering so special and unique in its own way. For me, volunteering is not about the number of hours you do or the award itself, it’s about being able to give back to the community and being able to make a small change in today’s fast paced and ever changing world. Every single opportunity has been unique and challenging in its own way and it has developed me further as an individual, providing invaluable learning and honing my people skills along the way. You also meet some amazing people and make long lasting friendships. Volunteering not only makes you more attractive to future employers but it’s great fun! I have deeply enjoyed my volunteering experience at Brunel and highly recommend it to everyone coming here!"

Silver Award winner: 2018/19

Gold Award winner: 2019/20

When I joined Brunel University, I explored different volunteering programmes at Brunel Volunteers. Henceforth, I enthusiastically engaged myself in distinctive volunteering activities on and off campus. I volunteered to be the Brunel Buddy, Library Buddy, and Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Leader. Moreover, I volunteered in different conferences such as ‘Women in Leadership’, and events, for instance the ‘London Legal Walk 2019’, and ‘West London Varsity 2019’ and many more.

Through volunteering, I have become more confident in public speaking and grown my global network, a dream come true for me! In 2019, I was awarded a Silver Award by Brunel Volunteers which I am very proud of and I will zealously continue to commit my time to volunteering likewise later in the Professional life after graduating.

Gold Award Winner: 2019/20

I have been volunteering with Brunel Volunteers since first my first year of university and there is nothing more satisfying than volunteering that makes a person a better human being by giving without any expectations. Its the one time you are not selfish and you are willing to help others. Volunteering for me in like a refreshment and gives me inner-peace. It gives me inner joy and blessings rather than monetary returns. 

The highlight of this experience has been from the Giving Tuesday event which took place in December to give staff a chance to learn the various ways a few hours of volunteering time may #makeadifference.

I got the chance to meet with different charities and work alongside my peers to give back to the local community and share my skills with others. I was an extremely fun event and I am glad I got to be a part of it! I am now proud to say that I am a gold award winner from completing over 100 hours of volunteering this year!

Aisha Williams

Gold Award Winner: 2017/2018

Silver Award Winner: 2016/2017

Bronze Award Winner: 2015/2016

"Volunteering has been my way of giving back to the society as well as meeting and interacting with new people. I was a frequent volunteer at various places prior to the university; Brunel Volunteers allowed me continue and aided my process along the way. I joined the university in the last weeks of September and began volunteering in October as I was eager to be part of the volunteering community on campus. It started with the Brunel fireworks event marketing and volunteering on the day itself. Meeting new people, learning new and interesting things about Brunel, harnessing and improving on my people and customer service skills were some of the instant benefits I gained from volunteering. Fast forward to the end of my first year, I was pleasantly surprised by the prospect of being a Brunel Volunteers Bronze Award recipient. This pushed me; I sought out more ways to contribute to the campus and community through volunteering at events such as Good Deeds Day and Peer-assisted learning programme.

I am glad to have received an award in each of my three years at Brunel, steadily growing from a Bronze to Gold Award Recipient. The friends I have made through volunteering are life long and have helped shaped my other experiences at the university. The experiences I have garnered have been useful in securing jobs, opportunities and making me a better person. I greatly advise students to join the amazing Brunel Volunteers team to create new experiences and give back to the community."

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Highly commended Volunteer of the Year: 2018/19

'Volunteering whilst at Brunel has been a huge part of my university experience. When I first joined the volunteering community, I was shy and reserved but I quickly met so many interesting people who made me feel welcome and built lifelong friendships. I have been fortunate to travel all over England and places such as Scotland, Northern Ireland and Greece through volunteering, which allowed me to help people on an international scale.

Volunteering has also been a great way for me to network and find connections in the legal field, relating to my degree. From these connections I have been able to gain further volunteering opportunities which have helped me gain the skills and understanding for my course. But most importantly for me, the vast and various volunteering opportunities at Brunel have allowed me to make real change by helping and inspiring others, especially those who are less fortunate or without a voice.’