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Student Volunteers Make A Difference

5th March 2008

Children from St Augustine's Nursery in Hanson Lane were held enthralled by a puppet show staged by childcare students from Calderdale College as part of national Student Volunteering Week. The show, which taught lessons in sharing and friendship, was one of a series of events organised by the college to encourage young people to volunteer and to highlight the work already taking place.

Children from St Augustine's Nursery in Hanson Lane were held enthralled by a puppet show staged by childcare students from Calderdale College as part of national Student Volunteering Week. The show, which taught lessons in sharing and friendship, was one of a series of events organised by the college to encourage young people to volunteer and to highlight the work already taking place.

In Holmfield, a team of students from the North Halifax Skills Centre rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in at the Beechwood Park environment project to clear ponds, streams and woodlands. Art and Design students worked with pupils at Savile Park and Holy Trinity Primary Schools to create fashions using recycled materials and ActionAid benefited from a Fairtrade tea and coffee morning at Calderdale College. Meanwhile, Millennium Volunteers from the College and Holy Trinity Senior School rattled their collecting tins at Sainsbury's to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

"Over two thousand students have volunteered in the local community since the Millennium Volunteer project began seven years ago", said Sahra Hargreaves, project co-ordinator at Calderdale College. "They've been involved with a huge range of projects from sports coaching to working in charity shops and on hospital radio. They've mentored younger children to improve literacy and numeracy, befriended old people through Age Concern and helped at Brownie, Guide, Scout and Rainbow groups. Volunteering gives young people skills such as team working, problem solving and initiative and they also gain a sense of personal achievement and the satisfaction from knowing that they have made a difference to the community where they live. We're very proud of them."

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