It unsurprising that the University of East London falls within the top 10% of its cluster regarding the public and community engagement perspective. UEL has a long-standing history of civic engagement through volunteering, community projects and partnerships.
UEL student Aidan Elmore (Sport, Physical Education and Development, 2023) has been using his sports and physical education knowledge to provide physical activity sessions within his local community. Through the fantastic local charity, Future Youth Zone, Aidan has worked with primary school children to teach them tennis and run mini athletics. His volunteering has supported the charity’s mission to provide a safe and fun place for young people to spend their free time whilst inspiring young people to live healthier lives. Through this opportunity, Aidan has contributed to his local community as well as gained the opportunity to put his learnings into practice and as he told us, 'Enhance my leadership skills and confidence'.
Here is what Raymond Lau Volunteer Recruitment & Staff Training Manager at Future Youth Zone had to say about Aidan's volunteering:
"Aidan has been volunteering with Future from the get-go before he even started at UEL. Not only has he been supporting our tennis and cricket sessions he also ran half marathon for us to raise money for Future. As such, I believe he was awarded Barking and Dagenham volunteer of the year award in 2020 - 2021.
Aidan is truly an amazing volunteer not only here at Future but also within the borough. He has been volunteering at Future since we first opened our doors supporting our sports offer mainly on our inclusion sessions. Although he was shy when he first joined us, he has come leaps and bounds since we first met him... Aidan is a truly inspiring in terms of what he does for the young people and the community."