Portsmouth students honoured for helping community

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EXCEPTIONAL volunteer work by students at the University of Portsmouth has been rewarded.

The university’s Students’ Union (UPSU) is the first organisation in Portsmouth to be recognised by achieving the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard.

Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality benchmark, which aims to improve the quality of volunteering.

UPSU was given the accolade after clocking up 5,000 hours of volunteering to 17 local and national organisations in the past year.

Students also host Christmas and Spring dinners for elderly people.

Godfrey Atuahene Junior, president of UPSU said: ‘We’re delighted to be the first organisation in Portsmouth to achieve this award and be recognised for our commitment to volunteers.’

UPSU was assessed under four criteria – recruiting volunteers, volunteer management, supporting volunteers and correctly matching volunteers to those who need help.

To find out more go to investinginvolunteers.org.uk

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