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It's Student Volunteering Week (SVW) and with 224 students placed in community volunteer roles this year, we wanted to shout out about all the amazing things you - our students - have been doing! 

So we had a chat with our Student-Led Projects (SLP) and asked them a few questions about why they love what they do. Here's what Joey from Amnesty had to say. 

What motivated you to start your Student-Led Project?

I started the project because I noticed a gap that needed filling on campus. Although an Amnesty International group had existed at the University in the past, it had disbanded and nobody had taken on the leadership since. I thought I had what it takes to be a good leader, so I took up the role as co-leader thinking, "If I don't do it, who else will?"

What has been the best part about running your project?

Thanks to that small decision I made at the end of my first year at university, I've met so many people and made some of my very best friends. Best of all, I've helped to make life easier for those much less fortunate than myself. 

What's the next big thing you've got planned? 

In the year ahead, we'll be continuing our contribution to Amnesty's #FamiliesTogether campaign which seeks to stop the separation of refugee families by the state in the UK. We're also thinking of doing a film screening and a quiz night fundraiser - and lots of socials of course!

How has being involved in an SLP helped you develop your employability skills? 

Running the project has given me a taste of what it means to have real responsibilities. It's also helped me to drastically improve my confidence, teamwork, organisation skills and general communication. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to do more to help the world and/or their fellow students, or anyone who simply wants to develop their employability skills. 

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