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Students get involved in community volunteering!

More than 70 volunteers, including Council staff and ward councillors, Somer Community Housing Trust staff and students from both Universities painted a children’s play area, tidied up a local park, helped out with horse riding for disabled children and adults, and created a new community vegetable garden.

The activities were part of the Council’s commitment to promote civic pride and celebrate the contribution volunteers make to their local communities.

For the past four years, the Council has run a project to promote volunteering across the region.  As well as providing practical help, it enables the participants to increase their awareness of the communities they work in and deepen their understanding of the range of roles that volunteers carry out.

This year, Council employees were be joined by staff from Somer Community Housing Trust and students from both the University of Bath and Bath Spa University.

Bath and North East Somerset has 20,000 volunteers who contribute more than five million hours of their time to help others each year 

Councillor David Dixon Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, will be joining the Chairman of Council Councillor Peter Edwards at Keynsham Cemetery on Wednesday 8th June 2011. He said: “Bath & North East Somerset Council is committed to promoting volunteering and I’m delighted that so many people are taking part in this initiative to celebrate and support volunteering across our area.  As well as helping others and improving local areas, it will also help increase awareness of volunteering and encourage more people to find out how they might use their skills to benefit their local community.”

Julie Evans, Director of Customer Services for Housing & Support at Somer Community Housing Trust said: “It’s great to see so many people from the Trust, the Council and the two Bath Universities getting involved in volunteering for the benefit our communities. A fresh coat of paint and a makeover of our two Sheltered Housing Community Rooms will really brighten them up for the lasting benefit of our residents who use them every day.”

Will Sandry, Acting Chair of the Student Community Partnership, said “Involving students in these activities support our commitment to improve town and gown relations and raise awareness of the positive contribution student volunteers bring to our communities."

During June, students from both universities also joined June Player who is the Founder of the OnBoard Community Project on a community litter pick and a weeding excercise along Highland Terrace in Oldfield Park. This was a great opportunity for stduents to get involved in their local community.

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