This award has been established to recognise and acknowledge the significant time input by ITT students to volunteering in the Institute and in the wider community.
“60% of ITT students volunteer, committing an average of 3 hours a week” (ITT Volunteering & Civic Engagement Survey, 2010).
Engaging with one’s community as a volunteer brings a reciprocal benefit to both student and community, this award seeks to encourage student community engagement, active citizenship and build on the established work that is being carried out.
The Institute Student Union actively encourages students to engage in volunteering in order that students can reap the very significant benefits from connecting with one’s community, engaging with others, and sharing skills and attributes to the betterment of others. Students experience a heightened sense of well-being from altruistic activity, and the SU Welfare Officer promotes civic engagement very strongly to all students across both campuses.
Surf2Heal’ was established in Ireland in 2008. Jon & Alayne Hynes of the Gtown Surf School in Kinsale worked with Nollaig Hayes, whose son Sean is on the autism spectrum, to design the first surf camp in Ireland especially for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Each camp is run entirely by committed and experienced volunteers in association with the professional staff surf school in coastal locations.
The CARA Adapted Physical Activity Centre Ltd is an Institute of Technology Initiative, which coordinates, facilitates and advocates for the inclusion of people with disabilities in sports, physical activities and physical education. It works at a strategic level to influence and support policies and programmes of agencies involved in the provision of sport, physical activity and physical education for people with disabilities.
The ITT Charities Committee is comprised of the Institute Chaplain, academic and administrative staff and students. In 2012-13, 215 staff and students embarked on a challenge to walk/run/jog the circumference of the world 40,000km to generate funds for 4 local charities, and all in 80 days!