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National Vounteering Week
Giving Back - How Volunteering Takes centre Stage at St. Angela's

National Vounteering Week<br>Giving Back - How Volunteering Takes centre Stage at St. Angela's
Volunteering is at the heart of Irish Community Life and Sligo was last December bestowed with the honour of European Volunteering Capital 2017. The handover of the designation from London to Sligo recognised the role that volunteering plays in both the urban town of Sligo and in rural life across the County. St Angela’s College, Sligo is proud to be named a strategic partner for the special year.
“Volunteering is an important part of campus life,’ explains Dr Maria Gallo, Development Manager in the Office of the President at the College and Vice-Chair of the Sligo Volunteer Centre.  Maria is a member of the Steering Committee for the EVC 2017 year, which began with the opening ceremony on Friday 27th January and the Spirit of Sligo musical spectacular.
Apart from undergraduate programmes that include a placement component, St. Angela’s students often volunteer to enhance their skills, experience and knowledge in their chosen field of study and in complementary areas of work within the local community.
Some examples of volunteering include:
  • Tutoring or youth work volunteer roles for students in education programmes (BA/Professional Masters in Education - Home Economics with Biology or Gaeilge or Religious Education or Economics)
  • Fundraising and coaching with Special Olympics or supporting disability or community voluntary groups by nursing students and those studying the  BA in Health and Disability programme
  • Maintaining the College community garden as a learning space for the campus, supported by the Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition, Food and Business Management course

"Over 1500 hours of volunteering time was calculated by the student volunteers at St Angela's this past academic year," notes Dr Anne Taheny, College President, "Recognising and celebrating volunteering aligns with the College mission to giving back to our local community."
The College has recognised 40 students on this year’s ALIVE (A Learning Initiative and Volunteering Experience) programme, part of the NUI Galway ALIVE programme which recognises over 1000 students per year across all its campuses.
Maria is offering a Masterclass on ‘Rewards, Awards and Accolades’ at the Volunteer Ireland National Conference taking place in Sligo on the 30th of May, with NUI Galway colleague Lorraine Tansey, Manager of the ALIVE programme and Áine Ní Éalaí, Manager of the Global Citizen Award.

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