Volunteer of the Year: 2016
Gold Award winner: 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18
"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.
Volunteering is not just helping at a charity shop. It can mean anything from cleaning a garden at a local old age hospice to tutoring school children at a local school. I always put my heart and soul into every single volunteering opportunity that I partake in. 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.
During my second year, I got involved with every single volunteering opportunity that I could get my hands on. This ranged from Be Brunel, Union Events, Good Deed Day, One World Week, Fresher’s Week, BV Dinner and many more! 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.
Hence why I firmly believe that volunteering is an amazing and worthwhile experience that should be embraced by one and all. As the saying goes, better late than never! I’ll never stop volunteering even after I graduate as it is something very close to my heart and something I love and thoroughly enjoy doing. I’ll always keep volunteering when I can and wherever I get the opportunity to!"
Volunteer of the Year: 2018
Silver Award winner: 2017/18
“The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.”
"The very first time when I volunteered was for the Brunel Blackout. It involved turning off all unused electronics and lights when not needed to see the impact has on the Earth as well as inspiring others to think about their energy usage; something I find important.
I met so many interesting people during my time which led to me volunteering even more! I went for a Christmas event in a shopping mall to help SAMS - a charity which organises social activities for people with Multiple Sclerosis. We wrapped X-mas presents for the shoppers passing by in return for a small donation, which was then doubled by one of the local banks.
The efforts I put into volunteering did not go unrecognised. After volunteering for 54 hours during 2017/18, I was invited for the Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony Dinner. It’s a really posh dinner that takes place at the end of the year to show the university’s appreciation for us and a formal recognition of our hardwork.
I earned the Brunel Volunteers Silver Award, and unexpectedly – but to my satisfaction - I won the Volunteer of the Year 2018 award. I was nominated by SAMS and the Brunel Events Manager for standing out ‘for all the right reasons’. This was a real honour and it made me feel that all the work and effort was absolutely worth it! It will look great on my CV but the memories and friendships will last beyond that."
Gold award winner: 2017/2018
"To me, volunteering is not about the number of hours you do, it’s about being able to give back to the community and make a change. Volunteering is an attitude that works towards the benefit of others. It allowed me respect, treasure and take the time to understand people; it created memorable experiences.
Through volunteering, I was challenged by the different roles I took. I dealt with different people in different facets of their life; this increased my communication skills and social connections which have further developed me as an individual. It has left me forward-facing and a firm believer that these experiences stay with you forever. I have come to understand that doing good leads to more good actions.
There is a satisfaction and achievement from the change in someone’s life, a positive difference I helped bring about. Volunteering as an opportunity gives me great happiness and this is one of the few reasons why I shall continue to do so. As the saying goes, “the more we give, the more we will receive”. I believe that volunteering is an amazing and worthwhile experience that should be adopted. It has taught me that the more we give and make other people happy, the more we can increase or satisfaction and happiness."