In the spring, the Library at HNC celebrated awarding a student volunteer with a V10 vInspired Award, the 30th to be given out since the volunteer scheme began in the autumn of 2012. Now, 2016 will forever be a year to remember and celebrate the dedicated work of such student volunteers as not one but two students have achieved, for the first time in college history, the V100 vInspired Award for doing up to and over 100 hours of volunteering each!


Alicia Jordan and Praveen Gakhal began volunteering at HNC when they started their studies in 2014, both as Library Volunteers and elsewhere. Alicia was a Student Ambassador and supported the college on Parent’s Evenings, STEM event and Open Days, as well as giving extra time as an Assisted Reader at nearby school for children in Year 7 and Year 8. Praveen too was a Student Ambassador as well as taking an extra role as Mathematics Mentor to children in a nearby school.


Over two years and in three roles, each worked a total of 100 hours, achieving first the V10 Award (2014-2015), then a V30, then a V50 (both 2015-2016) and now, just before they begin their final exams at HNC, they have achieved a V100!


This is such a special achievement for the hardworking and dedicated students, both of whom managed to study well for their A-Levels at the same time. College Librarian, Rebecca Hill, felt that such an achievement could not go without a special reward, and so in addition to the V100 Award Certificate, Rebecca also gave Alicia and Praveen a luxury Book Handbag from Literary Gift Company and a box of Lindt Lindor Chocolates to enjoy, along with a card expressing her pride and congratulating them each.


“I am extremely proud of both Alicia and Praveen,” Rebecca explains. “They have both grown into confident young women through their volunteering roles in the Library and beyond, and have shown the kindness of spirit and commitment to making a difference to other people’s lives. Their two years of experience have taught them many new skills and helped them develop in ways that will carry them forward to a successful life, no matter what they do after leaving us this summer.”

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