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Successful year for student volunteers

29 April 2009

Professor the Baroness Ilora Finlay and Rachel Payne, current Chair of SVCProfessor the Baroness Ilora Finlay and Rachel Payne, current Chair of SVC

Student volunteers have celebrated another successful year helping hundreds of people in local communities across Cardiff.

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Student Volunteering Cardiff’s (SVC) annual awards ceremony provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate the outstanding work of more than 1000 volunteers and thank individual students who co-ordinated more than 40 projects during the last 12 months.

More than 60 volunteers received certificates from Professor the Baroness Ilora Finlay of Llandaff, the charity’s patron, in recognition of their work with community projects.

SVC is one of the largest student-run volunteering organisations in the UK. Running since 1969, the charity now contributes an estimated £1M to the local economy each year through a variety of projects, including befriending schemes, work within the community, and educational projects.

Addressing volunteers at the ceremony, Professor Finlay said: "You are working with the people society often excludes and then able to bring your experiences back into the student body, further integrating the University with the wider Cardiff community. Your work is a fantastic credit to each and every one of you and you should be proud of yourselves."

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Jenny Randerson, AM for Cardiff Central, and Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central were also at the ceremony and guests were welcomed by Rachel Payne, final year student at the School of History and Archaeology and current Chair of SVC.

A special address was given by Tim Banks, a former SVC volunteer and currently working with Headway Cardiff, a charity which provides support and services to people with acquired brain injuries, their families and carers.

SVC’s Vice-Chair Georgie Powell presented the charity’s treasurer, Mr Les Rees, with a cheque for more than £1700, the amount raised by fundraising activities throughout the year.

Picture caption: Student Volunteering Cardiff’s executive committee pictured with Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Blood, Jenny Willott MP, Professor the Baroness Ilora Finlay, Jenny Randerson AM, University Vice-President Bill John, Andrea Dare, manager of SVC, and Devinda de-Silva, assistant manager of SVC.

Find out more about how SVC helps out at the Amelia Trust Farm, a charity which provides educational, training and recreational facilities in a tranquil rural environment. This year saw Volunteers developing a neglected area of the farm into a reading haven.

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