By Jess Dunning, Volunteer Development Manager, IntoUniversity Head Office
|Sabrina (left), a student volunteer mentor, with Selma at IU North Kensington|
This week student volunteers are being celebrated nationwide. Here at IntoUniversity, we know that volunteering is integral to the amount of support we offer our young people. Last academic year (September 2012 – August 2013), 431 university students volunteered with us, making up 42% of our volunteers across the charity. Students volunteer with us in many different ways: through our University Mentoring Scheme, the Buddy Programme and Academic Support, to name just a few! Our Mentoring Scheme alone amounted to over 3,900 hours of volunteering time, an impressive amount.
We’ve had some brilliant volunteers take part so far this academic year and we want to say a big thank you to all of our current and past university students who act as positive role models to our young people, giving up their time and sharing their experience of university life. You are inspiring IntoUniversity students to aim high!
This week we’re going to be posting lots of photos and thank you messages from our 15 IntoUniversity centres – keep an eye out for this on Twitter (@IntoUniversity) and Facebook! And even better…if you are a university student and you haven’t yet volunteered with us, or you want to do more, why not sign up now? We’re still recruiting for our Mentoring Scheme! To find out more, go to our website and fill out an application form. And for all our current volunteers, check out our Ambassador Scheme!
We look forward to seeing all of our volunteers at our annual Volunteer Celebration in June.