Hollywood aren’t the only ones enjoying awards season at the moment. Volunteer Officer’s Becky, Harriet and Rebecca have been submitting student award nominations left, right, and centre in recent weeks. Not only have they been nominating our brilliant volunteers for awards but they have also had the pleasure of attending lots of award ceremonies!

On Tuesday 26th March, Harriet and Rebecca attended Queen Mary Student Union’s Volunteering and RAG Awards evening, and were even fortunate enough to come away with a number of awards! 

What was incredible about the evening was that ReachOut had a nominee in almost every category! The categories and ReachOut nominees were:

New Volunteer of the Year:

Susie Hawthorne

Rebecca Dewar

Leaver Volunteer of the Year:

Anthony Ng

Volunteer of the Year:

Alondra Vera

Charles Nyamekye

Zara Gokal

One of the highlights of the evening was seeing Susie Hawthorne and Alondra Vera win the New Volunteer of the Year and Volunteer of the Year respectively. Hearing their nominations and the impact they made at their projects was incredible, and reminded us how brilliant student volunteers can be!

Susie was nominated by Project Leader Briony because "she genuinely cares about her mentee and the other girls in the group, actively engages and attends socials. She also breaks down and challenges expectations the girls hold onto themselves. She is a pleasure to have as a mentor and has had a memorable impact on the mentees."

Alondra was nominated by Project Officer Yanika because she "is always the first mentor to arrive early to help her Project Leader set up the room and session, her attendance is consistent so her mentees know they can rely on her to be there. Alondra is so positive and friendly, super confident to speak to anyone and help them feel included. You can also tell that she's just so passionate about ReachOut from the way she talks about young people and character".

A huge congratulations to both Susie and Alondra, as well as to the other nominees who are also fantastic assets to both ReachOut and QM.

Another highlight of the evening was coming home with Community Organisation of the Year award for the third year in a row! QMSU said the award was to acknowledge the incredible work our volunteers’ do, ReachOut’s high level of engagement on QM campus, and Harriet and Rebecca’s tireless efforts to track the progress of QM volunteers. We were so pleased to receive this commendation again, and look forward to continue working with Queen Mary Student Union and their students!