The HNC Library is enjoying yet another successful year of running the vInspired programme with college students. Eleven students have signed up to the volunteering scheme, and will dedicate at least one hour a week to voluntary work in the college library. Students may work more hours if they wish to, and can organise their shifts around their timetable to ensure that the scheme doesn’t impact on their studies.

vInspired is the UK's leading volunteering charity for 14 - 25 year olds, helping young people to get involved with causes they care about whilst learning new skills and talents along the way. When volunteering at the college library, students learn about the Dewey System and how to organise and shelve books correctly, as well learning how to use the Heritage system to issue, renew and return books to students and staff. Students will also have the opportunity to help support library events and competitions either by preparing materials, decorations or helping to run the events themselves.

The scheme allows students to achieve five different certificates- V10 for ten hours voluntary work, V30 for thirty hours, V50 for fifty hours & V100 for 100 hours. All awards are recognised by UCAS, making the scheme an excellent way to boost students’ university applications, CV’s and job applications.

HNC Library has previously awarded student volunteers thirty V10 Awards, four V30 Awards, seven V50 Awards & two V100 Awards since the scheme started in 2012.

Does vInspired sound like something you’d like to get involved in? You can sign up at any time, so pop over to the college library and speak to librarian Rebecca Hill about working towards your own vInspired award!


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