Manchester student is Volunteer of the Year

A Manchester University student who is regular volunteer at the Catholic Chaplaincy has been recognised as the University’s Volunteer of the Year. Cecilia Medupin has not only been an active volunteer herself but she also tried to motivate and encourage other students to get involved in initiatives that help the local community.

Among her many voluntary activities, Cecilia assists at Holy Name Church, participates in the student-led food bank and in the distribution of food to the homeless, and has encouraged others to take part in other voluntary activities. As a member of the Faculty of Life Science Community Engagement group, Cecilia has also organised, planned and executed environmental workshops for teachers in secondary school and community outreaches for both children and adult, including the most recent Manchester Science Festival (pictured left).

A tenacious approach to health issuesVolunteers Award: Manchester University

“Cecilia is a long standing and highly motivated individual whose drive and capacity has helped to encourage students to become proactive and consistent in well-being activities,” says the Jesuit Chaplain at the Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy, Fr Tim Byron SJ.  “This help and support occurs through formal and informal groups including academic, social and religious aspects. Her commitment to the Chaplaincy and to the University in addition to her tenacious approach can be rarely found in others. She is an excellent motivator, encouraging other people to get involved in activities and thereby reduce health related issues.”

The Volunteer of the Year Awards scheme was launched by Manchester University in 2010 to encourage greater responsibility from students, alumni and staff. It recognises their willingness to give their personal time and energy by undertaking public engagement work or volunteering with disadvantaged groups in the community locally, nationally and overseas. Pictured right are this year's recipients.