Northumbria University Sport’s Student Development Programme is one big family. From September 2017 to August 2018, the programme has actively engaged over 297 students through volunteering and internships, who logged over 9000 hours of delivery.
Their aim is to offer something for everyone with over 80 unique volunteer opportunities available to all 30,000 students at Northumbria University no matter what their background or sporting ability. They make sure that students enjoy, develop and recognise their contributions along their volunteer journey.
They work with their Students’ Union societies to reach out to different groups e.g. LGBT and we have established a new mental health referral programme with Student Support and Wellbeing, which involves students with mental health issues being referred to the programme, with individualised mentoring support.
Student and staff development manager, Kate Hansbury, and Sarah Stephenson, sport services assistant, oversee the sport volunteering programme at Northumbria and paid testament to the volunteers and hosts they work with.
“We are lucky to work with such fantastic volunteers, as well as internal and external hosts who offer such exciting opportunities for them to experience,” said Kate. “Without these generous host organisations there wouldn’t be a programme, so being nominated for this award is an achievement for everyone involved.”
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