Volunteering Awards

 

Volunteering Awards is an annual celebration of all the hard work put in by our volunteers and community partners. Every student winner gets their award added to their transcript.

There are many categories to pick from and anyone can nominate themselves, you can nominate your friends, house mates and fellow volunteers.  

This year's awards were a huge success, thank you to everyone who attended. Have a look at this year's winner and we wil be uploading photos from the event shortly

 

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Victor yEUNG TAI FAI 

 Victor Yeung Tai Fan has been a proactive volunteer in a lot of different areas this year. He has been actively involved as a Cultural Convenor for the Society Guild, he was a legal volunteer for the Coram Child Law centre, he volunteers for numerous one off projects, he was also a team leader for the Umphafa South Africa program. Victor is all around star and everyone who works with him always sees his passion and enthusiasm shine through. 

       

PREVIOUS: NICOLA WALLACE

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EXTRA MILE

NIKO XYDAKIS 

Niko person has been with the vTeam for quite some time now. He committed to a regular project and put in energy ensuring that all the volunteers were gaining valuable experience and that the partner schools they were going to were always pleased after their session. Niko attended numerous projects and used their initiative wherever possible. He brought an entirely new international initiative to campus and implemented it from beginning to end all the while thinking how it could benefit his committee and volunteers and the wider university audience.He always had a positive ‘can-do’ sort of personality that translated in the success of their project and the fact that it was always a joy to have them in the office.

PREVIOUS: SONIA TIVADAR

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Student volunteering week

JOHNATHAN FISHER 

Johnathan is a proactive regular volunteer who attended the majority of our one off projects. His input during Student Volunteering Week was incredible and without this person many projects wouldn’t be the same. He started off volunteering as a casual activity to see if it’s something he might enjoy but now he is a valued member of vTeam and his contribution is greatly appreciated. 
But volunteering isn’t just about helping the others, just like many other volunteers this person developed and improved a wide range of skills. He became a lot more confident, outgoing and he is one of the most reliable volunteers we have. 

 

PREVIOUS: CLAUDIU VACEAN 

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PLACEMENT VOLUNTEER

Victor yeung

Victor volunteereed at Coram Child Law centre – The centre is a national charity that provides free legal advice in Child, family and education law. After completing five weeks of training he was entrusted with giving advice and presenting his ideas regarding cases. He also went the extra mile and helped the centre redesign their website so that it would be easier to understand for the users.

PREVIOUS: REBECCA CHIVERS 

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PROJECT OF THE YEAR

CODING CLUB 

Coding Club received a number of nominations and it was a huge success this year both amongst volunteers and partner organisations. One of the best things that the committee brought to volunteers is their training sessions where they helped volunteers identify the employability skills they’ve developed and how they can apply them in job applications and interviews. It helped them create a sense of team and belonging, which was an asset in running the Coding sessions in school. 

PREVIOUS: REFUGEE TEACHING PROGRAMME

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PROJECT LEADER OF THE YEAR

rebecca chivers

Rebecca received numerous nominations as a project leader of Lend a Hand. Rebecca started as a placement volunteer for the First Stop Centre last year and she became so involved with the organisation that she wanted to start her own regular project. She developed the project from scratch and ensured she recruited a committee that was a passionate as she is. Her passion and commitment to the cause definitely shone through, which led to fantastic results with the project. She has also ensured that volunteers socialised with each other outside of the project and spent time together to build relationships

PREVIOUS: AMAL ZAHARI

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SESSION LEADER OF THE YEAR

MORGANe SABATINI

Morgane has contributed endless hours and commitment to Lend a Hand sessions and made sure that every session had a comprehensive plan, all the required materials and volunteers were briefed and ready to deliver the session. 

PREVIOUS: VICTOR YEUNG

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COMMUNICATION OFFICER

LIZZIE ARCHER

Lizzie kept the Einstein page up-to-date and engaging. She made sure that each session was explained thoroughly and all volunteers’ questions were answered. She also actively promoted other vTeam and SU events and projects, the most notable one being a Science Day at Broomgrove Primary for which she designed a poster, reached out to all her regular volunteers and put together a group of students that made the day a complete success!  

PREVIOUS: GUY CONROY-SMITH  

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REGULAR PROJECT VOLUNTEER

JESICCA JESUTHAS

Jessica Jesuthas was an extremely reliable Origami volunteer. Jessica came to the weekly training sessions and was committed to helping with the sessions she took part in so that the children had a great time learning about origami. 

PREVIOUS: LOUISA FUTCHER

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welfare volunteer of the year

simone ramacci

Simon has been a dedicated volunteer for five different services this year. He has logged over 500 hours volunteering for services, and has also helped to train new volunteers in different skills such as first aid. He has worked both on and off campus helping with projects like St John Ambulance and the SOS Bus. Simone is a winner of this award 2 years running now.

PREVIOUS: SIMONE RAMACCI 

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Welfare service of the year

NIGHTLINE

Volunteers of this service worked tirelessly throughout the year to provide practical and emotional help to support students’ welfare. They provide a confidential listening service every night during term time and offer a safe space to stay for the night for those students who need it. This year’s executive have worked hard with the university to do a Health & Safety audit of the Services accommodation and installed new storage and sofas to enhance the environment for students

PREVIOUS: NIGHT NINJAS

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community partner of the year

colchester zoo 

? Colchester Zoo became one of our most popular placements as it gave students the opportunity to come out of their shells when interacting with all the visitors that wanted to know more about the animals in the Zoo. The students helped out the members of the community by raising awareness and broadening their knowledge about certain animals and the community helped the volunteers become confident, capable public speakers that will help them in any future career they choose. PREVIOUS: STANWAY LEARNING CENTRE

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