Over the last year, we have seen tremendous successes at each of our branches from fundraising triumphs to consistent high-quality delivery of tutoring sessions to forming better relationships with our partner universities. The work Students4Students achieves is not possible without our volunteers and this is especially true of our Chairs. All of our Chairs have led their committees through unprecedented times, having to adapt quickly to the situation. They have supported their branch members and contributed to moving our tutoring online, all whilst balancing their university commitments too.
In Bristol, Ellie Sibley has built a stronger relationship with the Bristol University Student Union by successfully becoming a Student Led Volunteering Project. This has opened up several avenues of support with training and recruitment allowing the branch to thrive and work more independently. The branch also successfully ran two Blind Dates events raising over £1,100! Ellie is hoping to take a gap year after graduating to travel the world and utilise the skills she has learnt with S4S to volunteer abroad teaching English.
Our Oxford Chair, Zach Spavins-Hicks, has been a fantastic leader of the branch committee and supported them to deliver tutoring, hold socials and fundraising events; they have raised over £2000 this year! Zach is graduating this year and starting his first graduate job with First Group as a Rail Operations Manager.
In Durham, our two fantastic Chairs, Charlie and Tierney, worked together to deliver the branch’s consistent provision of high-quality tutoring sessions. At the start of the academic year, Durham received over 50 applications and have worked with four primary schools throughout the year. Charlie is graduating this year and beginning her job with TeachFirst teaching Maths in a secondary school. Tierney will be staying on with S4S as Chair during her placement year in a local primary school.
I wish all of our volunteers good luck in their exams. For those of you who are graduating, I know you will go on to achieve great things with whichever paths you choose. I wish you the best of luck in your future and, although you may not be tutoring with us anymore, you are still part of the Students4Students family.