Gold Award Winner and Student Volunteer of the Year Winner 2022/23
"Volunteering is not merely a weekend activity or a university obligation. My goals as a volunteer is to help those in need, improve people's quality of life, save the environment, and bring a smile to everyone's face.
I have participated in countless volunteering activities within Brunel University and outside the university with various community groups and charities.
During my volunteer experience, I had the pleasure of working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and I learnt about their unique challenges. All my volunteering experience has changed my perspective on community service by showing me the importance of empathy and understanding in supporting others. It has inspired me to approach community service with a more open mind and a willingness to learn from those I am supporting. The Volunteering Team are excellent and they offer a wide range of fantastic opportunities where we are able to acquire invaluable experience and enhance our employability skills in various industries.
Each of us has the power to make a positive impact in our own unique way. We all can and should contribute to developing a better world through volunteering, donating, and raising awareness. Even the smallest of our efforts will help shape a better world for future generations."
Gold Award Winner 2022/23
"I have had the privilege of working with the Volunteers Team who truly values the importance of community service and actively promotes and connects volunteers with meaningful opportunities. I choose volunteer because I am passionate about helping others and being a part of change. My volunteering experiences with Brunel Volunteers, allowed me to give back to the community and (hopefully) have a positive impact. Moreover, Volunteering provided me with a sense of fulfillment, and I now have some memorable experiences. My volunteering journey has allowed me to meet some amazing diverse group of people.
I have been able to contribute my time and skills to various projects such as attending various events organized by the Mayor of Hillingdon and local charities, the experience has help me to grow personally and professionally. I strongly recommend Brunel Volunteers to students looking to get involved in community work and projects. By volunteering with Brunel Volunteers, you can make a difference, meet new people, gain experience, and above all, help to create a better and more connected community."
"Volunteering has had a profound and transformative impact on my life. It has been a journey of personal growth, self-discovery, and a deepening understanding of the world around me. Through my experiences as a volunteer, I have witnessed the power of compassion, empathy, and community engagement in bringing about positive change.
One of the most significant ways volunteering has changed my life is by broadening my perspective. By engaging with diverse communities, I have gained a deeper understanding of challenges, struggles, and triumphs. This exposure has shattered my preconceived notions and stereotypes, fostering a more inclusive and empathetic outlook.
Volunteering has also helped me develop a greater sense of gratitude. Seeing firsthand the hardships faced by individuals and communities has made me appreciate the privileges and opportunities I have been afforded. It has taught me to value the small things in life and find joy in giving back.
Moreover, volunteering has played a pivotal role in shaping my values and beliefs. Witnessing the dedication and resilience of fellow volunteers and the impact they make has inspired me to be a more active and engaged citizen. It has instilled in me a strong sense of social responsibility and a commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others.
On a personal level, volunteering has provided me with invaluable skills and experiences. Through my involvement, I have honed my communication, leadership, and problem-solving abilities. I have learned to adapt to different situations and work effectively as part of a team. These skills have not only enhanced my professional development but have also equipped me to navigate various aspects of life with confidence.
Lastly, volunteering has connected me with a network of like-minded individuals who share my passion for creating change. The friendships and connections formed through volunteering have been incredibly rewarding, providing a support system and a sense of belonging.
In summary, volunteering has been a transformative journey, shaping my character, values, and aspirations. It has broadened my perspective, deepened my empathy, and empowered me to make a positive impact in the world. Through volunteering, I have discovered the true power of compassion and the joy that comes from selflessly giving back to others."
Silver Award Winner 2022/23
"Volunteering with Brunel Volunteering Team has been a transformative experience. From supporting local organizations to engaging in environmental conservation projects, I have gained valuable insights and positively impacted the community. The opportunity to connect with individuals facing homelessness and participate in sustainability initiatives has shaped my perspective and inspired me to be more compassionate and environmentally conscious.
For students considering joining Brunel Volunteers, I highly encourage you to participate in this program. It offers diverse volunteering opportunities that align with your interests and allows you to develop important skills while making a difference. The connections formed with fellow volunteers and the communities we serve are invaluable.
Personally, volunteering has had a profound impact on my life. It has taught me the power of empathy, resilience, and teamwork. The experiences and relationships formed through Brunel Volunteers will be cherished memories that have shaped me into a more compassionate and empowered individual.
In conclusion, Brunel Volunteers provides a platform for personal and professional growth while positively impacting the community. Seize this opportunity and embark on a journey that will leave a lasting impression on others and enrich your own life."
Gold Award Winner: 2020/21
“When I joined Brunel University in 2018, I came across Brunel Volunteers in one of the fairs at the university and decided to get involved. I found it to be a great opportunity to gain some valuable skills and as a chance to give something back to the community and make a difference in someone’s life. Volunteering contributed a great deal to my university experience and boosted my global network as I got to interact with many people through it.”