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Volunteer of the Year awards 2017

Many of our students are involved in a wide range of activities alongside their studies. Some of these were celebrated at the annual University Volunteer of the Year awards on 11 May 2017.

The winners at the 2017 Volunteer of the Year awards.

The awards recognised and celebrated volunteering taking place across the University with projects taking place locally, nationally and internationally including in Pakistan, Philippines, Armenia, USA and Zimbabwe. The volunteering was wide-ranging including within health, with children and vulnerable adults, and community cohesion projects.

Students from schools from all Faculties were recognised at the awards for projects including:

  • The creation of a new charity to help orphaned children in Romania
  • Running outreach sports sessions in local communities in Moss Side and Levenshulme
  • Trialling a new project to support a shelter to support men transitioning between the streets and their own accommodation

As well as student projects staff and alumni volunteers were also commended for their volunteering over the past year.

Student Volunteer of the Year 2017

Lucia Banjo, School of Environment, Education and Development

Lucia started volunteering on Manchester's Big Change campaign working with city partners to tackle homelessness and work towards long-term sustainable changes across the city. She also set up the University Big Change Society in order to engage students in the campaign and increase awareness of how they could contribute and make a difference.