Hundreds of students volunteer to support UK charities

29 September 2016

Hundreds of students volunteer to support UK charities

Guide dog Autumn takes a break from recruiting

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) students have explored opportunities to volunteer with 22 organisations from across the UK.

Hundreds of students signed up with organisations including Guide Dogs Scotland, Shelter, Sense Scotland, Parkinsons UK and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity as well as the Students’ Association, at a fair organised by the School of Health and Life Sciences.

The School’s Craig Cook said: “As the University for the Common Good, we are keen to continue to develop our engagement with the wider community and the third sector, as well as help our students enhance their experiences and career skills in the real world. We are delighted that so many students came along to learn more about the fantastic opportunities the organisations taking part can offer and the organisations have told us they were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and support of GCU’s students.”

Ensuring they caught the attention of many students, Guide Dogs Scotland brought along a very special volunteer, guide dog Autumn, who was there to help owner Laura Bradley and Engagement Officer Emma Brown showcase the work of the organisation.

Emma said: “Students are always enthusiastic volunteers and students of GCU’s School of Health and Life Sciences already have so many of the skills that are invaluable to the people organisations such as ours work with. In addition we offer training that supports students in developing the hands-on skills they will need in their own careers.”