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SOAS Make A Difference Celebration Recognises SOAS Volunteers and Entrepreneurs

The Make a Difference Celebration 2018 took place in the Cloister, Senate House North Block on May 2nd.

Thank you for submitting such excellent nominations for this year’s Make a Difference Awards – we were incredibly impressed with the amazing things SOAS students have been doing to make the world a better place. All the nominations received were of a high calibre and we extend our gratitude to all those who submitted and thank them for the amazing volunteering work they have been doing.  

Congratulations to the winners of Make a Difference 2018. All winners and nominees were honoured on stage at the award ceremony, receiving a personal congratulations from the Director Valerie Amos.  

Volunteer of the Year:  Daniel Campbell 
Daniel volunteers as a community first responder with his local ambulance service. In the role he responds to 999 calls whilst waiting for paramedics to arrive and then assists in delivering patient care. He attends monthly training alongside his studies, and assists the ambulance service during their busiest tines including at Brighton Pride Festival and during the Christmas period. The work he does provides crucial support to the paramedics and first responders in providing essential medical and pastoral care to patients.   

Volunteer Team of the Year:  Rooted in Chains 
Rooted in Chains is a student society campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking in the UK with a particular focus on the cannabis supply chain. Their primary focus is on trafficking in the UK drugs trade.They campaign to raise awareness of an issue that is largely unknown and underreported. They have produced a website, www.rootedinchains.org that has all the relevant information on this topic, including all new-paper articles, documentaries, and reports.They have demonstrated tireless dedication and a high level of commitment to the welfare of others throughout their work.  Congratulations to the team! 

Social Activist of the Year:  Rasheeda Paige Muir - RevolYOUtion  RevolYOUtion is a debate platform for young people. It provides a platform for young marginalised people in South East London to interact with and improve their communities. Rasheeda has demonstrated tireless commitment in creating an organisation that engages young people in a number of ways including: A weekly ‘RevDebates’ about contemporary issues; an academic textbook collection for students; and various forms of community outreach such as hampers for expectant mothers.  Her organisation has stimulated young minds to challenge normalised narratives. Her work showcases the role young people can play in actively solving problems within their communities.   

Student Entrepreneur/s of the Year: Michael Edward Walsh 
During the first year of his PhD, Michael founded an international non-profit organisation called the Island Society. The society aims to inspire and empower islands to participate in international affairs to affect positive change in their local communities. He has demonstrated a continuous commitment to an international community of women, minorities and young people in island communities around the world. So positive is his work that he was named ‘a person to watch who wants to change the world’ by the UN Foundation. 

SOAS Volunteering Pledge

SOAS believes that volunteering exemplifies the ethical values of the School.

Through the Volunteering Unit, SOAS seeks to further embed a culture of volunteering amongst students and staff.The Volunteering Unit exists to promote volunteering opportunities to SOAS students and staff, as well as provide assistance to voluntary organisations that are looking to recruit volunteers.

The Pledge:

SOAS believes that volunteering exemplifies the ethical values of the School.

Volunteering enriches the student and staff experience at SOAS, as well as enhancing personal development

Volunteering fosters and enhances interaction with different communities – internally, locally, nationally and internationally

SOAS will continue to support and encourage students and staff to volunteer by:

  • Institutionally advocating the value of volunteering
  • Raising the profile of volunteering and volunteering opportunities at SOAS
  • Supporting and sustaining student-driven volunteering initiatives
Contact the Volunteering Unit:

Telephone: 020 7898 4115
E-mail: volunteering@soas.ac.uk