A community-minded student at The Sixth Form College, Solihull has received a respected award from Shirley Lions for his voluntary work.
Sufyaan Irfan (aged 17, from Birmingham) achieved a ‘Young Leaders in Service’ Gold Award for completing 100 hours of community service. He volunteered at children’s charity Barnardo’s for two and a half years, working in their shop, and has been recognised for this commitment by Shirley Lions.
Shirley Lions Club, which formed in 1977, is part of Lions Club International, which is the largest service club organisation in the world, with 1.3 million members in 208 countries. Members volunteer their time for humanitarian and community causes. Representatives from Shirley Lions were in College on Wednesday to spread the word about the work they do to more students.
“I started volunteering at Barnardo’s for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Lots of people only do this for a short while, but I stayed for about two and a half years. I enjoyed it and contributing to the community is important to me. I’m proud to have got this award from Shirley Lions, because it is a prestigious award.”
The College encourages students to complete voluntary work to boost their applications or employment and university and to develop important skills that will aid them in later life. One way is by joining the College’s Team Gambia project, which sees students raising money for an impoverished school in The Gambia and then volunteering in the school for a week.
The College rewards students for volunteering and work experience with something called the Career Passport. This scheme encourages students to develop the skills that employers and looking for by way of work experience, internships and voluntary work, which the scheme classifies as Professional Development Activities. Like Shirley Lions’ ‘Young Leaders in Service’ awards, the College offers Bronze, Silver and Gold Career Passports. 35 hours of Professional Development Activities gets students a Bronze Career Passport, 70 hours will lead to a Silver Career Passport and 100 hours equates to a Gold Career Passport.
5 February 2018