In the run-up to Student Volunteering Week, which starts on 22nd February, the Lloyds Scholars programme has announced that it has contributed more than 60,000 volunteering hours to help local communities over the past five years.
The programme offers financial support, employment opportunities and mentoring to undergraduates from low-income families at eight UK universities in return for at least 100 hours per year of volunteering to help causes in their local community.
The universities are: University College London, University of Bath, University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, The University of Edinburgh, University of Oxford, The University of Sheffield, and The University of Warwick.
Examples of the fundraising work that Lloyds Scholars have been involved in include a number of undergraduates at University of Bath. Matt Baldwin, a first-year student, is organising a group trip for people from the university to go and run the Budapest Marathon in aid of Worldwide Cancer Research, while Sophie Pownall, also a first-year student, ran the Shoebox appeal for Rotary International, sending over 120 boxes to children in Eastern Europe, and Michael Ciccone (pictured), has already spent more than 70 hours fundraising for a number of charities including Send a Cow.
Paul O’Neill, head of Lloyds Scholars, said:
“Volunteering and helping local communities sits right at the heart of our business strategy to help Britain Prosper and it is fantastic to see that so many Lloyds Scholars have found the experience benefits them and their development.”
To get involved, charities need to get in touch with the individual university volunteering departments, which are responsible for coordinating the Scholar activity at each institution.
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