Andrew Smith MP has praised the work of student volunteers on Student Volunteering Week.
At the Oxford launch event this morning, Andrew joined students from Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University in Bonn Square to ask members of the public to make a pledge to do one good deed this week.
Andrew said: "I think it's really important to recognise the huge benefit our community gets from students volunteering. Helping in schools, visiting elderly people, giving recreational opportunities to disabled young people, and working in the food banks are just some of the activities students are doing. These young people are a credit to Oxford, and we owe them a debt of thanks for all they do. As well as the hands-on help locally, lots of student voluntary effort is also dedicated to vital global causes like combating world poverty and tackling climate change."
Student Volunteering Week is a UK wide celebration of the power of student volunteering, taking place from 24th February -- 2nd March 2014. It is co-ordinated by the National Union of Students and Student Hubs -- a national charity with the mission to inspire, connect and support students to shape a better world. The charity is led by students at 9 universities; and in Oxford, students from Oxford Hub and Brookes Hub will be collaborating to put on a week of events championing the positive, long-term impact that students can have in their local communities -- and their own lives -- through volunteering.