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Local Chester University Students Lead National Volunteer Week Event

June 5, 2013 | admin

Two University of Chester students have given their time to help the Foundation for Peace recruit volunteers and stage an event to thank the many people who support the charity through volunteering.

 Beth Evans and Hollie Currier are second-year students studying at the University of Chester on campuses in both Chester and Warrington.  Beth is studying Marketing and Public Relations with Journalism and Hollie, Events Management.  As part of their degree course, both students have taken a month out to work at the Peace Centre in Warrington to develop a process to recruit and retain volunteers.

 This week, 1– 7 June, is the annual campaign ‘Volunteers’ Week’ that celebrates the fantastic contribution of people who donate their time free to help charities and communities.  The theme in 2013 is to say ‘thank you’ and the students promoted and staged an evening at the Peace Centre to thank the Foundation volunteers and communicate latest news.  The centre team met with the current Foundation volunteers and a number of new volunteers came together to learn about the charity about discuss new opportunities.

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Hollie, speaking on behalf of both students, said: “we have both really enjoyed working at the Peace Centre and are now undertaking an evaluation so that all we learn can be used when we return to University”. Pat Cakes in Padgate, Pretty Princess Cakes & Cupcakes in Widnes donated an incredible array of cakes and gateau with Clair’s Cake Shop in Penketh producing a fabulous replica iced cake of the Peace Centre building.

Volunteers and described their work and latest developments in violent conflict prevention, resolution and response.  Local author and survivor from a terrorist bombing, Andy Duggan, spoke about his experiences as someone who has benefitted from the Foundation’s services and the evening included time for everyone to reflect on recent tragic events in Boston, Algeria, Northern Ireland and Woolwich as well as learning about violent conflict in other parts of the world.

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 Volunteers heard how the money they raised helped the vital work to build peace and achieve conflict resolution.  More volunteers were encouraged to help through fund raising initiatives or by working in the centre.

 Anna Connelly who manages the Foundation volunteers said: “Beth and Hollie developed volunteers’ pack and prepared and promoted the event and they are an example of volunteering in action.

 “There are a wide number of volunteering opportunities available for everyone, for instance chances to work in the centre and at events, carry out research projects, gain work experience and help us raise valuable funds.”

“Volunteering is a very exciting opportunity to learn new skills, acquire experience and make new friends whilst giving something back and making a real difference.”

If you are  interested in volunteering or finding out more can contact Anna on 01925 581246 or e-mail anna.connelly@foundation4peace.org or visit the website at http://foundation.local/how-you-can-help/volunteering/ to find out about our latest volunteering opportunities. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL THE PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT ON THE FOUNDATION FLICKR. 

WE WOULD LIKE TO SAY A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS EVENT SUCH A SUCCESS

Raffle Prizes

The Stag at Walton for donating a £20 off voucher – www.thestagatwalton.co.uk

The ODEON Warrington for donating 2 IMAX Cinema Tickets – www.odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_times/s29/

SPAR Hood Manor for the donation of a bottle of wine – Spar, 1-4 Hood Manor Centre, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 1UH

Catering

The SPAR Hood Manor for £100 worth of vouchers – Spar 1-4 Hood Manor Centre, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 1UH. 

Millie’s Cookies Warrington – www.milliescookies.com

Pat Cakes & Cateringwww.patscakeswarrington.co.uk

Clair’s Cake Shopwww.clairscakeandweddingshop.co.uk

Pretty Princess Cakeswww.prettyprincesscupcakes.co.uk

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Confetti Heavenwww.confettiheaven.co.uk