Arriva Supports 'A Day for Leicester'
Arriva Midlands assisted hundreds of students from Leicester’s De Montfort University headed out across the city on Friday 1st March during university’s biggest-ever one-day volunteering event.
The event, called ‘A Day for Leicester’, saw 600 students from DMU’s Faculty of Business and Law volunteer, or support at community events on 41 different projects in community centres, neighbourhood centres and libraries across the city.
To ensure that all students wishing to get involved were able to travel freely across the vast range of worthwhile initiatives taking place, Arriva, offered all student volunteers completely free travel throughout Leicester for the entire day.
Arriva Midlands’ Area Managing Director (South), Simon Finnie, explained: “We’re incredibly proud of the role we play in connecting communities across Leicester, so it was an honour to be able to pledge our support to such a fantastic initiative which really benefitted the people living within those very same communities.”
Activities included helping out at a lunch club in Belgrave, removing the thousands of stickers blighting the city centre, meeting councillors, supporting neighbourhood surveys and clearing rubbish from community spaces. The event was jointly organised with Leicester City Council’s Neighbourhood Services Team, which worked with residents to decide which projects should be worked on during the day.
Mark Charlton, Associate Director of Public Engagement at De Montfort University, said: “Arriva’s involvement in the day really made a difference – we were able to get students all over the city quickly and efficiently to the 42 different activities taking place during the day.
“It was always meant to be a big community event and with the city’s libraries, neighbourhood and community centres involved along with Arriva and Leicester City Council it really did have a great community feel to it.
“The students were also able to make a difference to communities – either through cleaning up around centres, helping out at a community lunch or by doing a public opinion survey in the various communities that will be used to help shape future provisions in those areas.”