• Nivedita Bhushan

Students given a glimpse into world of volunteering

Ben Reynold, manager of Brunel Volunteers. Picture by Nivedita Bhushan

A VOLUNTEERING fair at Brunel University London was hailed a success after almost 30 organisations took part.

Voluntary groups, charities and not-for-profit organisations gathered at the university’s Sports Centre on Tuesday, October 19. The aim was to help students gain valuable experience on their CVs, meet new people and develop new skills.

Ben Reynold, Brunel Volunteers manager, said: “The volunteering fair is fantastic opportunity for the students to come and interact with the local organisations. This is a great way for the students to understand the range of volunteering opportunities available to them this year and how they can be rewarded over this. It was great to see almost 30 organisationssigning up for the fair and everyone looks extremely pleased.”

Angela Logun, CEO and co-founder of The Daniella Logun Foundation, expressed her gratitude to the charity H4All CIO and the Brunel Volunteers team for providing the opportunity to hire volunteers with required skills, abilities and interests. “Our foundation is based on Daniella Logun who was diagnosed with brain tumor in 2015 and passed away five months later. She was our inspiration and this puts us in a unique place to understand what families and children with illness go through. We provide physical, emotional and psychological support including spiritual care and counselling.”

James Carson-Kerrigan the company director of Hillingdon TV was extremely pleased with the fair. He said: “We are a holistic media-related service, an online newspaper called Hillingdon Vision where we publish news and opinions and have just started a special women columns as well. This is all run by volunteers, specifically the people who want to gain experience and don’t have access to learn media or are of disadvantaged background like disabled or minorities. We offer training which we further use to offer services to local charities by conducting events, like Halloween extravaganza that happened at the end of October and the funds raised were donated to the Harefield’s Ex-Servicemen Club.”

Kellie Coyle and Mollie Vessey from Action Tutoring were there to recruit student volunteers which shall make up about 40 percent of their student volunteer pool. They are an education charity supporting pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve a significant level of academic progress.


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