Community volunteers rewarded

Alton College students were rewarded for volunteering in the community at the annual Alton Lions Club awards last week.

This year eight students collected gold awards for an outstanding 100 hours of service while 16 students receive silver for 50 hours of voluntary work, including volunteering at hospices and local junior schools.

Michael Stanley, currently in his first year, said: "I'm really pleased to receive the Gold Volunteering award for my work with the Surrey Scout Radio Team. Through them I've learned all sorts of new exciting skills such as stewarding, radio communications and traffic management. I am also the Press Officer of the Alton College Students’ Union and work experience is great to add to my CV which will prepare me well for future job and university applications.”

Ian Gibson, Chair of Governors at Alton College, said: "We are recognising students for a wide variety of volunteering. Student Mentors, who support Alton College and their fellow students; those who’ve helped at hospices, cardiac rehabilitation centres, local churches, on conservation projects, sport clubs and with children and older people. The list goes on. These young people have given a lot of their time to good causes, showing dedication, commitment and compassion. Each year we are amazed by the number of students who come forward to give their time to help in the community.”

All Alton College students are encouraged to volunteer in the community and can find out more by speaking to Helen Freeston, our Volunteer Centre Co-ordinator from Community First, who is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Hub during term time.

Photograph of all award winners, Alton College staff, governors and Alton Lions' members courtesy of photography student Jo Short.