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Liam Rodgers crowned student volunteer of the year
Sheffield Hallam University student Liam Rodgers has been named Student Volunteer of the Year at an award ceremony at London’s City Hall.
Liam was recognised for his work in founding Upscribe, a project that helps homeless and vulnerable people to express themselves through creative writing.
The celebration event marked the beginning of Student Volunteering Week 2016, a partnership between NUS and Student Hubs. To see how you can get involved, visit www.studentvolunteeringweek.org
On winning the award, Liam said: “Volunteering is a great experience and really satisfying. I set up my project, Upscribe, to give back to homeless people and develop my employability skills at the same time.
"I am very happy to have won the Student Volunteer of the Year Award. I plan to split the £1,000 prize between the homeless charity I first volunteered with, a refugee group I support and the Back to School Bank, founded by Kathleen, another shortlisted nominee.”
Liam also published a book that was created by people who participated in the project, and says that volunteering has given him a sense of direction and has helped him develop valuable skills.
Richard Brooks, NUS vice president for union development, said: “I’m delighted that Liam can be recognised for his outstanding work with homeless people.
"Hundreds of thousands of people were homeless in the United Kingdom last year so action from students like Liam is making a real and valuable difference towards improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our society.”
This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of SVW, and over 10,000 students are expected to take part in over 500 events at over 100 colleges and universities across the UK.
Sara Fernandez, Student Hubs chief executive, said: “We are glad to be recognising Liam’s outstanding contribution to his community and dedication to his project.
"Volunteering can have a double impact on the volunteer and the beneficiary and Liam has clearly demonstrated how he has benefited a community and achieved employment as a result of his project.
"Liam’s commitment to social action reflects the hard work of student volunteers throughout the UK, which we are celebrating during Student Volunteering Week.”