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Volunteers Efforts Recognised At Awards

Volunteers Efforts Recognised At Awards A volunteer at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford yesterday reached the final three in the University of Wolverhampton’s ‘Volunteer of the Year Awards 2011’. Held at the university, the awards recognise students who have made a significant and meaningful contribution to the community by volunteering.

Kevin Sturdy, who is currently studying for his Masters degree in Conflict Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, was recognised for his outstanding efforts and commitment to the work he does at the RAF Museum.  To make the top three, he beat off tough competition from other students who volunteer at a wide range of local organisations.  To be eligible for this award, students must have registered for the Volunteering Certificate and have completed a minimum of 50 hours volunteering.  Kevin received an extra certificate for the number of hours he has volunteered his time to the Museum.

Kevin volunteers his time each week and is primarily responsible for the RAF Museum’s Access and Learning departments handling collection.  This project involved the creation of the Access and Learning archives store including its layout and cataloguing of artefacts.  The collection is predominantly used by schools and outreach programmes but is regularly used by Museum staff and other educational organisations across the country.

RAF Museum Education Officer Philip Clayton says:

“Kevin’s development of the Access & Learning Handling Collection has meant schools from all over the West Midlands are able to access at first hand historical artefacts related to the RAF.  He is a vital member of the Access and Learning team and we look forward to working with him on future projects and developing the handling collection further.”

Kevin Sturdy says:

“I would like to thank Phil and the staff in the Access and Learning Department for their nomination.  It was a surprise when I found out I was one of the finalists for volunteer of the year.”

Other projects Kevin has worked on during his two years volunteering at the Museum include creating reminiscence boxes containing tactile artefacts used in various care homes and developing bespoke loan boxes on subjects including the Cold War, which are extremely popular with secondary schools.

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