Message from your Volunteering Officers:

Going through the nominations for this years volunteering awards served as a beautiful reminder of the wonderful human beings all around us, tirelessly working to better other people's lives, and our community. In a time such as this, where things are so much more difficult then any of us could have predicted, this personally filled me with hope.

While circumstances have prevented us from celebrating the amazing things you do in person, make no mistake that they are recognised and appreciated. Thank you for all that you have done this past year, thank you for all that you have given to others out of kindness. I hope you can look at these awards with great pride, and as a reminder of all your hard work this past year. I have loved working with all of you, so thank you for giving me the joy of being your Volunteering Officer. I wish you the absolute best, and really look forward to seeing more amazing things from you in the coming years.

Ash Harish & Stephanie Tang
Volunteering Officers


New Volunteer of the Year

Awarded to a student who has started volunteering this academic year and who has shown dedication to volunteering and making an impact in the local community in the academic year 2019-20.

Nominees:
  • Sefika Evlat
  • Amelia Kaminski
  • Caley Stonestreet
  • Jumana Issa Khair Alla Taha
  • Sefika Evlat
  • Zainab Saboor
  • Zunaira Deen
  • Jake Johnstone
Winner: Amelia Kaminski & Caley Stonestreet

Amelia and Caley are volunteers with a passion for activism. Though only in their first year of university, they have made the most of every opportunity, including volunteering for many of our Green Mary initiatives. They are both regulars at our canal clean ups, highlighting their dedication to sustainability, and the environment. We hope their enthusiasm for volunteering continues throughout their time at university.


Leaver Volunteer of the Year

Awarded to a final year student volunteer who has made a sustained impact in the local community through their volunteering throughout their time at Queen Mary.

Nominees:
  • Steph Yeung
  • Angad Ahluwalia
  • Riddhima Banerji
  • Abisha Rameshkumar
Winner: Steph Yeung

From starting off with taking part in one-off volunteering activities in her first couple of years here, Steph then developed her involvement by becoming a Volunteering Champion, leading on one-off opportunities and encouraging others to get involved. She has been an ambassador for volunteering within the dental school talking about how to make the most of the PTSR module and even set-up the first dental volunteering group, Barts Community Smiles, last year with Debra after a really successful Festival of Communities stall talking about oral health. The group engaged over 50 volunteers in it's first year and won Volunteering Group of the Year 2018/19 at the Volunteering Awards and Association Dinner! She has also been elected as Volunteering Officer in 2017/18 and introduced the first Volunteering Week held at Queen Mary and has been a member of the BL Volunteering Committee this year helping to organise volunteering events for BL students. As well as all the leadership roles she has taken on with volunteering she has also taken part in loads of volunteering opportunities including Crisis at Christmas and Griffin Community Trust.


Community Organisation of the Year

Awarded to a partner community organisation who has offered outstanding volunteering placements for students in the academic year 2019-20.

Winner: Reach Out

ReachOut has been recognised for offering some great volunteering opportunities for Queen Mary students, including the Level Up Experience in its first year this academic year. The work their organisation does has an amazing impact on primary and secondary school students, as well as on the students who volunteer. They have shown innovation in working with student volunteers and as a result have seen their mentor numbers rocket this year!


Volunteering Group of the Year

Awarded to an outstanding volunteering group who have made a positive contribution in the local community and who have provided high-quality volunteering opportunities to students in the academic year 2019-20.
Please refer to the list of volunteering groups to check which groups are eligible for this award.

Nominees:
  • Teddy Bear Hospital
  • Aspire
Winner: Teddy Bear Hospital

Teddy Bear Hospital recruited an amazing 200 volunteers this year who visited over 1,000 children, setting a new record for themselves. These volunteers help to educate children about healthy living and alleviate fears of healthcare professionals. Volunteers also visited sixth form students to run clinics where they received help with UCAS application forms. Not only have they done great outreach work, Teddy Bear Hospital has made an effort to collaborate with other volunteering groups like ROCK and Barts Community Smiles.


Volunteering Group Committee Member of the Year

Awarded to an outstanding committee member who have has shown dedication and enthusiasm in their role and has gone above and beyond to develop their Volunteering Group in the academic year 2019-20.

Nominees:
  • Aleksandra Olszewska
  • Favour Onwudiwe
Winner: Aleksandra Olszewska

As President of Aspire, Aleksandra has shown remarkable efforts in engaging the wider student community at Queen Mary to join in volunteering to raise awareness for disability sports. She has also successfully contributed to planning and preparing for various events and activities, such as Disability Sports Day and Primary School Sessions that have inspiringly marked awareness of the cause in a highly enjoyable, fun and interactive manner.


Volunteer of the Year

Awarded to a student who has shown dedication and enthusiasm to the local community through volunteering, and has gone above and beyond to make a sustained impact, in the academic year 2019-20.

Nominees:
  • Mubeen Toufiq and Husna Ali
  • Sefika Evlat
  • Amelia Kaminski
  • Caley Stonestreet
  • Sefika Evlat
  • Becky Olaniyi
  • George Tikkas
  • Nasreen Akthar Farhana
  • Megan Knight
  • Laura Mody
  • Mark Smith
Winner: Nasreen Akthar Farhana

In her last three years at university Nasreen has volunteered on several different occasions, including a local primary school as a teaching assistant, at the Royal London Hospital as a dementia buddy, at a local sixth form giving advice to students, for the university as a buddy scheme mentor, and for Bookmark Reading as a tutor. She has balanced her studies with several volunteering opportunities and made positive change wherever she has gone.