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Durham University volunteers recognised at special awards ceremony



Hundreds of volunteers have been recognised at the Durham University Volunteering and Outreach Awards 2024.


An awards ceremony was held at the University’s Trevelyan College to acknowledge the positive impact made by staff and student volunteers over the last year within the Durham community.


Twenty-four winners, including students and staff were chosen from an array of different categories, with several staff, including Vice-Chancellor and Warden Professor Karen O’Brien, on hand to present the awards.


Durham University currently has more than 4,000 staff and student volunteers.

Bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards were given to volunteers who have reached different milestones through the length of time they have given up to support community projects.


Those who completed 200 hours or more of volunteering were inducted into a special hall of fame.


Those in attendance were treated to an exhibition to celebrate 35 of years of volunteering being on offer at the university.


This exhibition will now be paraded at different campus locations as well as being able to be viewed online.


Katie Binks, Senior Manager of Volunteering and Community at Durham University, said: “It is only right that we honour the positive impact made by our staff and student volunteers who have gone above and beyond to give up their time to help with projects in the Durham community.


“This year we had an incredible shortlist with lots of incredible selflessness on display so well done to all our winners and finalists.


“We take pride in the diverse range of volunteering opportunities on offer for our entire University community and really encourage our students and staff to get involved.”


This year also saw Durham University reaccredited with the Investing in Volunteers kitemark.

Leyla Rutter from the Coxhoe-based dog charity, StrayAid, says Durham University volunteers have been a great help in aiding their cause.


She said: “Volunteers from the university make such a big difference to our organisation and have such a positive impact on the lives of our dogs and cats.


“It was an honour to be part of such a well organised event and to hear of the vast array of organisations and causes that the Durham University team have contributed to.


“To hear the passion, support and commitment that the university has to volunteering and to see so many people getting involved to help causes they are passionate about was heartwarming and inspiring”.

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