15th giugno 2011
MA Human Rights student / volunteer extraordinaire nominated for Heart of Salford Award
A University of Salford student has been nominated for a Heart of Salford Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to volunteering in the city.
Jessica Prosper, 23, is an MA Human Rights student who is originally from Miami, Florida. She was an active volunteer in the USA and continued to make a difference when she arrived in Salford.
Jessica volunteers for Revive - a local charity that works with asylum seekers and refugees - and she is basing her dissertation on her experiences there. She also volunteers for the University of Salford Community Action Teams, helped to write Salford Volunteer Centre’s charter and is a fundraiser for Victim Support.
Julia Spencer of the Student Life department explains why she nominated Jessica for the award: “Every time I speak to Jessica she has found another way of helping a valuable cause and getting involved with the local community.
“Her boundless energy and positive attitude make a real difference to the organisations she volunteers for and the lives of others.”
Heather Walker from Victim Support also sings Jessica’s praises: “Jessica is a much valued volunteer for Victim Support. She is very enthusiastic, full of ideas and has done a fantastic job as a fundraiser.”
When she finishes her course in September, Jessica plans to volunteer for the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program which works on behalf of Florida’s abused and neglected children.
She will remember her time in Salford fondly, saying: “Everyone I have spoken with has been encouraging and supportive, and always willing to provide advice or suggestions.
“Working with such a strong and innovative volunteer community here in Salford has been an inspiration and I am honoured that I was able to contribute during my short time here.”
The Heart of Salford Awards will be held at Buile Hill Park Hall on Wednesday, 29 June from 1.00pm and 4.00pm.