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Published: 01 June 2020

Volunteering for vulnerable people

Lauren Steele, a Guildford School of Acting (GSA) student, has been volunteering with vulnerable people for her local community group.

Lauren Steel

Community has never been more important, and people’s incredible actions have proved that we don’t necessarily have to be in the same room, or even city, to feel a sense of community. Being social is human nature, and the world has adapted to new ways of entertainment and socialising to keep us all smiling.

Lauren Steele, a student from the Guildford School of Acting, has been volunteering for her local community group. Lauren was approached by the group’s founder to produce some creative activities for people during these challenging times, as well as helping to deliver prescriptions to vulnerable people in her spare time.

Evidently endorsing her creative nature, Lauren has set up a weekly public quiz via Facebook Live. Now five weeks in, family and friends of everyone in the community are joining in to share an evening of fun together. The quiz content is also made available at the end of each week’s event so that people can share these with local vulnerable people who may not have access to the internet.

“I wanted to use my skills where possible to bring a little joy to the community. I am so grateful for the work of key workers and volunteers, so I wanted to do my bit too."

As well as the quiz, Lauren also generates a daily drawing challenge. Explaining more, she said: “Every day I post a topic and people can comment with their masterpieces! We have had drawings, colouring in, crochet, phone doodles and photos from people from all ages getting involved.”

Facebook is not her only platform; she has filmed and shared a mobility workout on YouTube, demonstrating simple stretches and strengthening exercises to help get people moving. This is specifically targeted towards senior individuals and those within the vulnerable category, who are not advised to exercise outdoors in public spaces. So far, the video has had over 200 views, which is an incredible response.

We at Surrey are certain her efforts have brought far more than just a little joy, and we applaud her positive optimism and selfless attitude.

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