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21 Jul 2015

Action spend 26,000 hours volunteering to support community groups

Loughborough Students' Union Action has spent 26,000 hours volunteering this year to help support charities and community groups.

The Action group, which is the volunteering section of Loughborough Students’ Union, provide extra help to better the community and its surrounding groups and organisations.

This year, Action has volunteered at a wide range of activities and events. These include annual events such as the summer litter pick to clean up the community, Kids Camp where volunteers take a group of young carers away on a trip and the Tea dance involving sandwiches, cups of tea and Tuxedo swing.

Action has also helped out with specific projects including the repaint of local charity cafe Glebe House. Fourty Action volunteers raised funds to purchase paint trays and brushes and repainted the charity cafe which helps to support children and adults with learning difficulties.

Earlier this month, six volunteers from the Action group lent a helping hand to the nearby Ronald West Court, a housing and Care 21 retirement scheme. Volunteers put on their chef hats and prepared pork dinners with trimmings for residents. They also helped out with the summer sing-along and gardening project at the home.

Many students also chose to volunteer on a weekly basis at local youth centres, schools and charities.

Vice president for Action this year, Phil Jenkins, said: “I am extremely proud of the Action team for their sheer dedication and commitment throughout this year. To have volunteered 26,000 hours is a fantastic achievement which I’m confident has helped to better the local community and a range of different groups.

“I'd like to thank the Action volunteers for their continued hard work this year, I could not have asked for a better team of people to work with.”

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

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