Star student volunteer gets two awards

Issue date: 23 September 2005


Issue date: 23/09/05

A student from the University of the West of England has won two prizes for his commitment to volunteering during the Year of the Volunteer.

John Mitchels has been awarded the Ede and Ravenscroft Prize for Services to the local community and he will also be presented with a special volunteering medal, made by the Royal Mint, from Community Service Volunteers (CSV) at a ceremony at the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House, Bristol on 17 October 2005.

John was nominated for the Ede and Ravenscroft award by Ellie Roads from the Community Volunteer Programme at UWE and his Director of Studies, Dr Anthony Rhodes. Ellie Roads said, “John is totally committed to volunteering, he has worked with organisations and community members on a range of different projects. What really impressed me about John was the way that he sees any task through to the end. During one of our regular Community Action Days, we were set the task of building an aviary for injured birds. John was determined to finish the job, even though it got really cold and all the other volunteers headed indoors! He always manages to come up with an innovative way to help out with the task in hand, and doesn’t shy away from the less glamorous jobs such as mixing up grout for our Mosaic Madness Action Day.”

John said, “I enjoy volunteering because it’s fascinating to meet people from a whole range of backgrounds and to experience doing different tasks. It’s a bonus to know that others are benefiting from my efforts. I think the Community Action Days organised by UWE are brilliant and more people should look at the web site and get involved – it’s great fun and I have enjoyed all of the days I’ve taken part in. If you like to get involved in more specialised or personal interest projects then there is something for everyone. Please don’t forget that helping the community just means thinking of others, everyone can help and it takes no big effort.”

The Ede and Ravenscroft prize for services to the local community is an annual prize of £250 awarded by the university. During the Year of the Volunteer campaign, 2,005 medals are being awarded to outstanding volunteers across the county to celebrate their contribution to others. A lucky few will also be invited to a national celebration event, to be held in early 2006 at an exclusive location in London.

Year of the Volunteer 2005 is owned by volunteers, led by a partnership between Community Service Volunteers (CSV) and the Volunteering England Consortium, and supported by the Home Office.

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Editor’s notes

1. Year of the Volunteer 2005 is owned by volunteers, led by a partnership between Community Service Volunteers (CSV) and the Volunteering England Consortium, and supported by the Home Office.

2. The Volunteering England Consortium consists of Volunteering England, TimeBank, do-it, The Media Trust, Bitc and Youth Action Network.

3. To find out more about events and activities during the Year of the Volunteer 2005, please visit the official website at http://www.yearofthevolunteer.org or watch The Community Channel 24 hours a day on Sky 585 and Telewest 233. It’s also on ntl 14 and from 6-9am on Freeview 46. Information is also available on BBC2 Ceefax page 650.
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