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29 May 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Volunteering and Community Leadership Awards honours young people who have made a different to local community.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has celebrated the contributions their students and young people throughout the county make to the local community at a special awards ceremony.

Preston’s 53 Degrees played host to the UCLan Volunteering and Community Leadership Awards which honours the work of people from all walks of life who give up their own free time to make a difference to communities across Lancashire through their commitment, skills and time.

Categories for which students were nominated included: Volunteer Legends 2013, Community Team of the Year, Community Heroes 2013, Volunteering Lancashire Young Volunteer of the Year and the very special Joe Medforth Challenge Award, in memory of a Preston student killed in the city in 2006.

"The awards are a great opportunity for us to recognise and reward our students across the university and young people throughout the county who work tirelessly to make positive changes in the World through volunteering and community action"

A hard working volunteer at the university, Joe, aged 21, worked hard to promote health issues in the community. The Joe Medforth Award was given to Samantha Ribchester, a social care student who has made an impact on changing a culture where violence and anti-social behaviour is common through her tireless volunteering with The Foxton Centre.

There were 58 awardees recognised for their contributions to the community. They were presented with their prizes from: Dr Alison Chambers, Dean of Academic Development and Employability; Pradeep Passi, Associate Dean of the School of Education and Social Sciences; David Grecic, Chairman of UCLanSport; Julie Sumner of Volunteering Lancashire and Peter ShiltonGodwin, Chief Executive of the Students’ Union.

Entertainment was provided by policing student Chloe Walker and the hosts for the evening were Neetal Parekh and Shujath Khan of the Foundation degree in Community Leadership.

"All of our awardees and nominees are an inspiration to all, a credit to themselves, the university and the communities they serve."

Dr Alethea Melling MBE, Director of the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership, said: “The awards are a great opportunity for us to recognise and reward our students across the university and young people throughout the county who work tirelessly to make positive changes in the World through volunteering and community action. All of our awardees and nominees are an inspiration to all, a credit to themselves, the university and the communities they serve.”

The award winners were: Katherine Dixon, Sadaf Kohestani, Nadya Parveen, Adam Walton, Alison Carlaw, Sarah Carlaw, Meerbuksh Ahmed, Lisa-Jane Brown, Sam Doherty, Heather Jane Houlding, Jonathan Mather, Sarah Nickless, Jordan Radwell, Charlotte Woodworth, Jamie Wynne, Jasmine Wharram, Bhaktiben Vaidya, Cheryl Marie Hart, Naomi Kate Alker, Fara Zahid, Janet Githinji, Junayd Ali, Qasim Ahmed, Kyara Leigh Garcia, Susan Heatley, Jessica Durham, Bilal Gondal, Irene Flack, Mohammed Hassan, Susan Onyango, Nils Conor Rankin, Neil Allen, Kathryn Huskisson, Nancy Hughes, Rebecca King, Samantha Ribchester, Naomi Brown, Adam Wilkins, Danni Hickinbotham, Rea Dicks, Mohammed Seedat, Paul Ridyard, Ben McGarry, George Pavitt, Megan Greaves, Lee Marshall, Jack Pickford, Sian-Louise Pugh, Laura Quayle, Jordon Radwell, Sarah McMillan, Tom Pinks, Hayley Robson and Gemma Ward.