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Student Volunteering Week 2010
Volunteering England is calling on local communities across England to support student volunteering and help celebrate Student Volunteering Week, which runs from the 22-28 February 2010.
Now in its ninth year, Student Volunteering Week recognises the contribution of the 42,000+ higher and further education student volunteers throughout England who freely give their time on a regular basis.
In 2010, the theme is 'Inspiring futures; connecting communities', highlighting the personal and professional benefits of student volunteering to the individual as well to their local community.
During the Week, universities, colleges and students' unions will hold events to recruit and celebrate student volunteers, many in partnership with community organisations.
Justin Davis Smith, CEO of Volunteering England, said: "Volunteering is an important part of a student's educational experience, and many are using the personal and professional skills learnt to benefit others. This new decade marks the perfect opportunity to celebrate the contribution of student volunteers around the country. As active citizens of both their institutions and their communities, student volunteers play a valuable role in many communities.
"Research shows that most students volunteer to help somebody, rather than for the career motivations that one might expect. I urge local communities to develop their relationships with their local colleges and universities to make the most of this wonderful supply of talent."
Christianne Carrick of Santander Community Relations, corporate sponsors of the Week, added: "Volunteering is a crucial component to building healthy communities, and through our support of Student Volunteering Week we are providing opportunities for students not only to gain valuable experience in preparation for the world of work, but also to promote citizenship and a deeper appreciation of organisations that rely on voluntary support."
For more information about Student Volunteering Week, please visit: www.volunteering.org.uk/studentvolunteeringweek
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