Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering: 2019/2020
Sliver Award winner: 2019/2020
“Volunteering is a life-changing experience, and the feeling of helping and giving back to the community is so rewarding and humbling. I have always been an active person, and getting involved in extra-curriculum activities makes me happy and fulfilled. I started to volunteer in my second year of university, and it changed my student life experience. I met so many like-minded people, and I learnt something from each one of them. From volunteering with 7-12 years old children to elderly people, the experiences opened my horizons and shaped my overall student experience. Volunteering encouraged me to think of others and become compassionate as a young adult. It is the perfect way to discover something you may be good at as you develop a new skill. Being a Volunteer was one of the best experiences I’ve had at Brunel, with my top highlights being the friends and connections I have made”.
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!
Gold Award Winner: 2019/2020
Highly Commended Volunteer of the Year 2019/20
'I have always wanted to make the most out of my time at university and that was possible through volunteering. Since first year, I have had the pleasure of taking part in several opportunities outside and within the campus. One of my most favourite volunteering moment has been taking part in the ‘Goods Deeds Day’ in 2017. It was a day full of fun activities which aimed to raise awareness of the positive contribution students make in the local community as well as to bring together the communities in the Uxbridge area. The volunteering experience was even more rewarding when I got a chance to help out people from the older community through events such as the West Drayton Community Centre Christmas lunch and the ‘Elder’s Day.’ The overall volunteering experience has helped me to enhance my interpersonal skills that would prove to be very useful in applying any career; but most importantly, it has enabled me to give back to the community which is the best feeling ever!'
Gold Award Winner: 2018/19
Gold Award Winner: 2019/20
'One of the main highlights of my university experience is volunteering. I fell into it quite by accident: at the Fresher’s Fair I was recruited by the Beck Theatre to be a volunteer usher. I thought working in a theatre would be good experience as I am a Theatre and Creative Writing student. But it became so much more: I became passionate about doing work in the community, helping and communicating with people, especially using art. So, I decided after that to sign up to other volunteering opportunities, such as at the Yiewsley library, a Royal Trinity Hospice charity shop, and at the Alzheimer’s Society. These opportunities opened my eyes to a lot, changed me in a positive way, enabled me to meet and work with the most kind, dedicated and amazing people. This helped me gain life experience and vary my day-to-day activities at university. It gave me something else to work for than grades. I highly recommend volunteering as life-changing opportunities are on offer and memories made will be cherished forever.'