The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London is holding a series of activities and information fairs as part of Student Volunteering Week from Monday 14 – 18 February at its Enfield and Haringey centres.

Organisations coming to talk to students throughout the week include: Haringey Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations (HAVCO), Enfield Voluntary Action (EVA), Youth Action Volunteering Enfield (YAVE), Home-Start which trains volunteers to help people cope with bereavement, illness or loneliness; Sport Inspired and the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV).

The College also runs several initiatives that see students volunteering throughout the year.

Six learners with learning disabilities have been working with BTCV and took part in the Markfield Conservation Project based in Haringey.

College Lecturer, Erica Levy, said: “Our learners have gained valuable experience in independent living and the charity has gained a lot of committed and hardworking volunteers”.

Students also get to volunteer throughout the year as part of the VTalent project, which is an exciting programme for 16 – 25 year olds. Following a rigorous interview and selection process, fifteen College students take part in the year long programme that allows them to volunteer in various areas, from marketing and communications to mentoring and sports development, and gain not only valuable work experience but extra credits towards further and higher education.

Michaela Ramsay-Marius, editor of the College’s student e-magazine and V-Talent volunteer said: “My V-Talent Year has given me great insight into so many areas of work and industry plus I’ve got a wide range of successful projects to put on my CV.”

Student Volunteering Week itself runs over half-term from 21 – 27 February.

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