Keele University celebrates National Student Volunteering Week

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Posted on 18 February 2011

Student volunteers from Keele University are celebrating National Student Volunteering Week’s 10th anniversary with events and activities in the community.

Working together with local residents, Keele’s volunteering project VE @ Keele is organising a series of events from Monday, February 21, to Sunday, February 27.

The events include a local history presentation in Silverdale on Monday, February 21, that will enable residents to find out more about the history of the village and share their experiences of growing up and living in Silverdale. Brian Nixon and Terry O’Neill from Silverdale History Group will be sharing their knowledge of the village and will display an array of photographs dating back to 1870.

During the rest of the week students are helping with the Shifting Landscapes programme, an opportunity for members of our local international community to discover new subjects, skills and people at Keele.

Working with Keele Environmental Group (KEG) and Newcastle’s Streetscene team, VE @ Keele has organised a litter pick in Silverdale on Wednesday, February 23. Students are also getting involved in volunteering activities at Fordhall Farm, B’Arts and the DATfest weekend in Stoke, while members of Keele READ International are planning fundraising activities throughout the week.

Through these volunteer events, VE @ Keele hopes to raise awareness of student volunteering and the positive impact this can have on the local community. 

VE @ Keele Project Co-ordinator Becky Wardell said: “Getting students involved in a variety of volunteering activities is a great opportunity to promote the benefits of student volunteering, makes a positive impact in the local community and supports local services.

“‘It is with thanks to our local Community Wardens, Police Community Support Officers and members of the local community that it has been possible for us to organise these events.”