LSBU students win awards for their outstanding volunteer activities
17 October 2014
Southwark Stars Awards recognise the
invaluable contribution which volunteers across Southwark make to their
communities. The awards were given to individuals who completed over 100
hours of volunteering to support Southwark communities in the last 12 months.
two students from LSBU who have won the prestigious award are 41 year old Accounting and Finance student Mark
Mccauley Gbaewoh Conteh, and 35 year old Electrical and Electronic Engineering
student Troy Sheppard.
studying at LSBU, Mark has been volunteering as a Finance Manager for
3rdthought Arts Collective. The 3rdthought Arts Collective is a project led by
the 1st Framework Charity, which delivers intergenerational arts
education collaborative projects, particularly focused on engaging older people
in activities in their local communities.
The Community Life Survey found
that the proportions of individuals volunteering in the UK has decreased from
last year's survey, making it even more important for individuals to get
involved in local volunteering activities.
Mark said: "As well as helping others, I see volunteering as a way of gaining
the experience and knowledge employers are looking for, whilst also being an
opportunity to develop his skills and to work with people from a wide range of
With a love
for music and using this as a tool for creating communities, Troy brought this
enthusiasm to LSBU and established the DJ Society. Troy created this extremely
popular group for people with similar interests in music to socialise, hold
events and lead workshops enabling students to learn and develop DJing skills.
Troy said: "This
opportunity has given me the chance to improve my communication, networking and
organisation skills whilst helping people and making new friends all at the
In June 2014
LSBU celebrated the success of the first year of its student volunteering
programme. More than 600 LSBU students have
signed up to volunteer since the programme started, with well over 150
organisations partnering with the university.