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Community Action recognises all volunteering and has a collection of award and accreditation schemes for those who have been involved with volunteering. This means, in addition to gaining skills, meeting new people and working hard you will have something extra to put on your CV. 

Registered volunteers can be recognised through the following schemes and awards:

This annual scheme is Royal Holloway's volunteering accreditation for all students and staff who have volunteered in the local community throughout the year. All volunteers will need to record their volunteering hours at various intervals during the year by submitting Volunteering Hours Recording Forms. If you are submitting volunteering hours for a student group please use our Student Groups form instead

Volunteering Awards 2014 group


Any student achieving 30 hours or more will receive Get Recognised volunteering accreditation which is awarded at the annual volunteering  awards celebration, whereas all others will receive a record of volunteering if requested.

Volunteering Accreditation Celebration 2012

This is a nationally recognised awards scheme available to all Community Action volunteers who are under the age of 25. V awards can be achieved along the way for 10, 30, 50 and 100 hours of completed volunteering in the community.

As Community Action is an approved V award provider, volunteers will need to sign up with a profile on the Vinspired website to connect with opportunities and record all volunteering hours. Once signed up search for 'Royal Holloway ' and click on the 'Follow' button to ensure all your volunteering is linked to Community Action for verification as a V award validator.

V award provider

This award has been created to acknowledge and reward student achievement. Students are often involved in a variety of co-curricular activities which can set them aside from other graduates when applying for jobs. The  Royal Holloway Passport gives the opportunity for students to gain points for this award in many ways, one of which is by volunteering through Community Action. Volunteering hours for this award are recorded by students and then submitted by Community Acrtion so that students can get the recognition they deserve.

The volunteering points scheme is; one hour = one point. Volunteering hours are carried over from year to year throughout your degree. Gold hours are attributed to volunteers involved with leadership roles such as Community Action team members.

10 Year Celebration

The Students' Union Student Activities Office has a Duke of Edinburgh Award Unit to enable students to continue or start their DofE Award through the year. It provides enjoyable, challenging and rewarding personal development programmes run on three levels - bronze, silver and gold. All volunteering, verified by Community Action, can be submitted towards DofE Award.

For more information or to sign up for the award please email dofe@su.rhul.ac.uk

Volunteering Awards 2014 community action cup winner


Runnymede Volunteer Awards. 

This takes place annually at the end of term three, where recognition is given to volunteers through a variety of presentations and awards.Once again this year we will be joining with Voluntary Support North Surrey and Runnymede Borough Council to host the Runnymede Volunteer Awards at Royal Holloway during national Volunteers' Week. The event on Tuesday 31st May 2016 is supported by British Airways.

The Mayor of Runnymede sponsors the 'Student Volunteer of the Year', with the presentation of the Mayor's Cup, and the Community Action Cup is awarded to 'Volunteering Group of the Year'. As an approved V award provider we also present vawards at this time of year. This is a great end to the volunteering calendar, and is definitely something to work towards.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering Awards 2014 justin davis smithDr Justin Davis Smith during 30th anniversary of Volunteers' Week in 2014.

The Mayors Cup 2015Freya McINtosh receives the Mayor's Cup as student volunteer of the year 2015.



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