UCL celebrates Student Volunteering Week
27 March 2003
To celebrate Student Volunteering Week, UCL students joined forces with their peers from seven other London Universities to makeover a school in North-East London in February 2003.
The volunteers helped to brighten up Tyysen Primary School by painting murals
and decorating the playground. Gary Boyd, Deputy Headteacher, said: "It's
fantastic that young people who have made it to university can help provide
an inspirational environment for their much younger counterparts at school."
Volunteering has really taken off at UCL since the creation of the UCL Union
Voluntary Services Unit in September 2002. Voluntary Services Coordinator, Mr
John Braime said: "More and more staff and students are realising that
when you get involved in the local community, you're not just helping
other people - you are also developing new skills, building your CV and
getting to know London."
The unit has plenty of activities from which the UCL community can choose.
Volunteers have been involved with various endeavours, including coaching a
homeless persons' football team, helping an overseas development charity
with its campaigning work, conducting guided tours around some of London's
heritage sites and planting new trees in a conservation area.
Others have seized the initiative and set up their own projects to improve
the local community, such as a party for isolated elderly people which UCL students
organised before Christmas.
To find out more about the unit use the link below.