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Presidential Award for Volunteering

NUI Galway President's Award for 1,000 Student Volunteers

The public are invited to attend NUI Galway's celebration of student volunteering at the Bailey Allen Hall, Aras na Mac Leinn, Tuesday 31st March 11.30am. Community organisations across Ireland will be in attendance to help recognise the valuable contribution student volunteers have made to their work and to society. "We annually come together as a university community with our community partners to acknowledge students commitment to volunteering. The ceremony is important opportunity to pause and say thank you while also reinforcing positive engagement," said Lorraine Tansey, student volunteer programme coordinator. The goal of NUI Galway's internationally acclaimed student volunteering programme, ALIVE, is not only to connect students with volunteer vacancies in Galway but also mould and design graduates that make meaningful contributions to society as future volunteers and community actors.

Guest of honour

This year's ceremony will feature a keynote speech from John Gilmore NUI Galway Alumni, graduated in 2009 with a BSc. in Nursing. John has been an active youth and human rights activist for many years, he is the former President of Youth Work Ireland (Ireland's largest youth organisation) and current Vice President of the European Confederation of Youth Clubs as well as a representative to the European Youth Forum (largest international youth rights organisation). Although

currently based in the UK, completing a PhD, he remains a member of the campaign coordination committee for the No Hate Speech Movement Ireland and the National Youth Council of Ireland's International Advisory committee. He will share his some of his experiences and the impact volunteering has made on his life, as well as the vitality of volunteering to the work of the organisations he works with, finally noting the impact of this work within his professional work as a nurse. "John brings together the epitome of an NUI Galway graduate, not only a very active volunteer for his passions and beliefs for equality for youth, but also a civic professional, pushing the boundaries of the world of nursing," said Lorraine.

Year long volunteering activity

Since the start of the academic year in September students have organised fundraising events for Saving Grace, Irish Cancer Society, Serve, and Suas to name but a few. Volunteers have given their time weekly and generously to school programmes, Childline, Ability West, Shave or Dye events, computer skills programmes, Riding for the Disabled Ireland, Galway Healthy city research and scouting. Through these important community activities students are given a rich opportunity to build their skills for future employment and personal development. Volunteering also has a huge impact on health and well-being for all members of community. With over 1,000 students achieving award for the contribution to enhancing the life of the campus and the communities across Ireland and internationally, NUI Galway are proud to support student engagement and all its benefits.

How to Apply

Students use student id and password to login at yourspace.nuigalway.ie and they click "ALIVE Certificate", "Apply Now", and fill in the reflection form detailing their hours.

A student can add all their volunteering to their portfolio and reflect on their experience throughout the year by clicking "Save". Deadline: Friday 20th March 2015, 5.00

To learn about the history of the award, now in its 12th year watch our videos and read about how to take your Certificate to the next level!

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