Transforming a Birmingham nature reserve, helping the homeless and teaching first aid were just a handful of the activities Aston University students took part in last month as part of the University’s Student Volunteering Week 2010.
‘Inspiring futures, connecting communities’ was the theme for this year’s annual event which ran from 22-28 February. Students were able to take part in a variety of activities throughout the week, designed to encourage community engagement and enhance employability.
The volunteering week commenced with Monday morning breakfast duties as students dished up at SIFA Fireside homeless shelter. Primary school children were later treated to a first aid workshop, with students demonstrating what to do in an emergency.
West Midlands charity Birmingham Rathbone benefitted from the week as they saw their Target Supported Employment centre fully redecorated, with students creating a new vibrant and bright learning space for its users. The week culminated at Kings Norton Nature Reserve, as students headed down to support the workers, joining in with weeding and planting to help maintain the local tourist attraction.
Words by Munira Jasat