Volunteering pays off for student Ben as he lands job with Warrington Youth Club

A WARRINGTON Collegiate student who spent last year volunteering for an animal rescue charity has seen his hard work pay off after being offered a permanent job providing advice and motivation to fellow students.

Benjamin Burns, a second year Electrical Engineering student, took part in the NCS (National Citizen Service) Volunteering project last year, raising money for local charity Paws and Claws – a rescue centre for unwanted and injured pets.

After being impressed with his commitment to the project, Warrington Youth Club offered Ben a job as a support worker to the scheme. He now works alongside students motivating them to achieve their project goals.

Ben said: “I enjoy working on the projects with the young people of Warrington. Each project is always different which is really interesting to see. I enjoy seeing the difference we make to people’s lives and it makes you realise how lucky you are.”

Hannah Swift, senior tutor at Warrington Collegiate in Construction and Engineering, spoke of how proud she is of Ben and the College’s other students who recently completed their NCS Volunteering projects.

She said: “The NCS come into College five or six times a year and speak to the students about the project. The students then go on a three to four day residential in Wales where they do lots of fun things that help them to get to know different people.

“They then come back into College and work in groups to carry out the volunteering projects they want to do.  Ben worked with animal charity Paws and Claws but we’ve had students do all kinds of things.

“Some of the students went to an old people’s home and created a mural in their corridor. Others have done sponsored walks to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis – whatever the students want to do, they can do.”

A recent ceremony saw Warrington Collegiate students graduate from the NCS programme.

Hannah added: “It’s an absolutely fantastic projects and the students have done so well – it’s an amazing way for them to get more experience and help out in the community.”

NCS is a way for 15 to 17-year-olds living in England and Northern Ireland to make extraordinary friendships, learn the skills they otherwise would not learn and create unforgettable memories.

To find out more about the courses and volunteering projects available at Warrington Collegiate, visit warrington.ac.uk or come to our Open Evening and Skills Show on Monday 25th January from 5pm to 7pm.