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Trainee teacher awarded for volunteering endeavours

November 15, 2022

A student from Edge Hill University has been recognised for her incredible dedication and commitment to volunteering.

Charlotte Black, 20, from Belfast, has devoted hundreds of hours in her spare time to volunteering with a range of organisations including Guides, Rainbows and Brownies, and an elderly care facility in her hometown.

And as a result of her efforts, Charlotte has secured an Excellence Scholarship worth £2,000 over the course of her studies.

Charlotte’s passion for volunteering has even taken her to the US, working as lead counsellor for a summer camp for school-aged children.

A smiling Charlotte Black holds her Scholarship Award certificate next to the Edge Hill University crest in front of a black background

She said: “I first started volunteering as part of working towards my Duke of Edinburgh qualification in the Girl Guides and it’s just grown from there.

“Volunteering can be really empowering. It’s had a huge impact on me, and hopefully I’ve made an impression on the people I’ve helped over the years.

“The experiences I had when I was younger made me want to provide the same opportunities for other people by giving something back.”

Now in her first year of studying BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS at Edge Hill University, Charlotte took a significant step towards achieving her dream career after working as a classroom assistant for a pupil with Special Educational Needs.

She added: “Through my volunteer work with Rainbows and Brownies, I realised how much I enjoyed working with kids and it’s helped set me on the career path towards being a primary school teacher.

“The opportunities I’ve had through volunteering have helped me develop skills that I’ll use at university and beyond.”

Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships for applicants and current students to celebrate determination, commitment and achievement in a variety of areas, from rewarding academic excellence, overcoming adversity, and helping and inspiring others. Learn more about the range of scholarships the University by visiting

Alongside one of the most impressive and innovative scholarship packages in the higher education sector, the University operates the Student Opportunity Fund to help students take part in career enhancing opportunities. Find out more here

Excellence Scholarships are awarded to students proud of something they have achieved and can demonstrate determination, commitment and achievement outside of their studies.

To discover more about courses at Edge Hill University, please visit

November 15, 2022


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