VE @ Keele volunteers celebrate 2010-2011 achievements

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Posted on 16 May 2011

VE @ Keele hosted a celebration event in the Claus Moser Research Centre at Keele. An annual occasion in the VE @ Keele calendar, it provides an opportunity to recognise, reward and celebrate volunteering achievement throughout the academic year. The event was well attended by a number of students as well as key Keele staff and volunteer placement providers currently working in partnership with VE @ Keele.

The event included a reception and was opened by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett, demonstrating his support and enthusiasm for volunteering activities at Keele.

Students who have actively volunteered throughout the year spoke about their experiences, how they have benefited and what they have been able to contribute to the community through their volunteering activities. These presentations were motivating, poignant and entertaining, giving the audience a really good insight into volunteering through VE @ Keele.

Placement providers, including Staffordshire Girl Guides and CEDARS Pupil Referral Unit, also spoke about the positive contribution student volunteers can make to their organisations by volunteering for just a few hours a week.

During the event 22 VE Awards at levels Bronze, Silver Gold or Platinum were presented. 3 Student Volunteering England Awards were also presented to Danielle Bremner, Keele Student Mediation Service and Keele Environmental Group. This year’s Best Placement Provider of the Year Award went to Keele Student Mediation Service and Keele Nightline. Other Awards included the new Active Student Volunteer Award and the VE @ Keele Certificate of Commendation. 43 students have gained a VE Positive Contribution to the Community Award for 2010-2011.

VE @ Keele Project Leader Becky Wardell said: ‘This event is our way of saying thank you to all Keele volunteers, who give up so much of their time to help others. Volunteering is a great way for students to show that they are valuable members of our communities, whilst also gaining new skills and perspectives. Thanks to everyone who came along to show their support for student volunteering at Keele’.

If you would like to find out more about VE @ Keele or are interested in a volunteering opportunity, contact Becky now at or visit