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A celebration of student volunteers

22 April 2010

One of Wales’ largest student volunteering organisations has celebrated another year of achievement supporting communities and the economy in South Wales.

In the last 12 months, Cardiff University’s Student Volunteering Cardiff (SVC) has proved itself to be an invaluable resource to the Cardiff community. It has helped around 1,000 young and old people to access vital support networks. The volunteering activities contribute an estimated £900,000 to the local economy.

More than 55 volunteers and project coordinators came together for an Awards Ceremony, receiving certificates from Cardiff University’s Vice-President Baroness Ilora Finlay of Llandaff for their work in organising community projects.

The Ceremony also saw Baroness Finlay presented with the Investing in Volunteers Award on behalf of SVC. She accepted the Award from the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), the body which manages Investing in Volunteers in Wales.

Cardiff University was the first higher education institution in the UK to achieve the standard in 2007. The re-accreditation of the Investing in Volunteering (IiV) kite mark for a further three years recognises SVC’s continued commitment to improving the quality of its volunteering provision through training and investment. It also acknowledges the enormous contribution SVC volunteers make to the city of Cardiff.

From befriending projects and hospice buddy schemes to after school clubs, homeless projects and mental health support groups, the student volunteers work in and around the city supporting the elderly, young, disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community.

Patron of SVC, Baroness Ilora Finlay, said: "SVC is a credit to the University and an invaluable resource to the Cardiff community. In any given year, the students can spend up to 81,000 hours volunteering helping around 800 people a week - giving so much of their time to help those members of the community who are often neglected is to be highly commended. I felt very honoured to receive the award on behalf of the students."

Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy student, and Chair of SVC, Edd Gudgeon said: "Achieving the Investing in Volunteers standard for another three years will be a great boost for SVC building on its already substantial reputation within the University, Welsh communities and the UK. It is testament to the hard work and dedication of all those people who come together year in year out to make this organisation work, as well as the volunteers themselves."

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For more information contact:
Lowri Jones
Public Relations
Cardiff University
T: 02920 870 995
E: joneslc3@cardiff.ac.uk