Community Awards celebrate student altruism
13 June 2014
Students from the University of Bristol who have made a positive impact on their local communities were celebrated this week, at the University’s Students’ Union (UBU) inaugural Community Awards.
University of Bristol staff, students, and local and national charities came together to recognise the huge impact students have made over the year to Bristol life through fundraising, volunteering, and student led sustainability initiatives.
Bristol students have collectively clocked up over 100,000 hours volunteering this year, and have raised over £125,000 for charity through UBU’s Raising and Giving (RAG) division.
The green initiative, UBU Get Green, also celebrated a very successful year. Their flagship campaign, Bristol Big Give – a city wide campaign which encourages people to donate unwanted goods to charity - has doubled the impact of last year’s efforts. So far they have recycled over 2,200 bags of household items and have prevented over eighteen tonnes of waste from going to landfill.
Throughout the evening 16 accolades were awarded, including most enthusiastic volunteer, most inspirational leader, and most positive community project.
Ellie Williams, Community Officer at UBU said: “Once again Bristol students have demonstrated their passion for contributing to the Bristol community during their time at University. It was an incredible night and it was great to recognise the time students give to support the local community.”