“Bob’s efforts in getting students engaged and volunteering on days out at Dartmoor Zoo allows the zoo to pour more of its resources into valuable conservation work. The students engaged also receive an insight into the world of conservation, and are informed of how they could do their bit! By organising and undertaking these trips, Bob is also giving his fellow students the chance to gain new experiences, acquire new skills in conservation work, and make new friends. His minibus driving also contributes to all these not necessarily obvious benefits.
As a volunteer for the Unicycle project, Bob’s efforts have helped edible food that would end up in landfill, reach a local homeless shelter. His enthusiasm for the project’s Swap Shop has helped to see this initiative grow massively, and in turn introduces students to a more sustainable form of updating their wardrobe!
Bob has encouraged students not yet engaged in volunteering to become a part of the Student Led Volunteering Community and has contributed over 147 hours of his time this academic year to volunteering projects and initiatives. This is on top of all his academic studies and his commitments as Health and Safety Officer for UPSU’s Welsh Society, of which he is a very proud member.
Bob has a heart that is always looking to help others and the world around him. It is definitely why he went beyond his own Animal Conservation Project to help Unicycle with their initiatives. It’s also what drives him to help his fellow project leaders with mini-bus duties. This is definitely testament of his enthusiasm and passion for the volunteering he does, and of his desire to engage others in the voluntary experiences he gets a kick out of. Commenting on his role as a volunteer, he has said “It's rewarding to see how we can help by giving up our free time.”
Bob is always smiling, is full of determination and always steps up to help where he can. Bob thoroughly deserves to win the Dedication to Volunteering Award.”