"One of the tremendous privileges of this job has been to meet many of you, the British Nationals involved in your communities in so many different ways. Those of you volunteering with organisations like Cruz Roja, Age Concern and so many more; helping fight forest fires in Javea or looking after British cemeteries; those raising funds to help those in need; young people volunteering with organisations like Street Angels in Mallorca, helping to look after British visitors to the island or British councillors serving their local communities." Simon Manley, the British Ambassador to Madrid as he leaves his role - read the article here
De Montfort University Students help holiday-makers in Magaluf - read the story here:
De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) students have been helping holidaymakers stay safe during nights out in Magaluf.
Health and Wellbeing in Society students and their tutors worked with Street Angels, volunteer teams who patrol the resort's nightlife district, to provide basic first aid and other assistance to partygoers.
An unconscious young man was among those assisted by the DMU group, who provided comfort, called for an ambulance and tried to track down his hotel and friends based on his room key.
Volunteering was the highlight of a 'memorable' trip to the Spanish island of Majorca for student Sue Litchfield.
She said: "I had heard of Magaluf's reputation, but hearing and seeing are two different things.
"I was shocked by the behaviour but also filled with compassion to help. I will definitely be going back again to help."
This was just one of the activities that enabled students to apply their learning in a real-life context and analyse factors conducive to risky health behaviours.
Trip lead Zaqia Rehman said: "The inspiration was seeing news reports about young British tourists in Spain who were falling from balconies because of reckless and alcohol-related behaviours.
"We teach social, psychological and political indicators to health behaviours, for example in workshops students look at why some people smoke or don't wear seatbelts.
"We decided to do this on an international scale and compare Leicester with Magaluf."
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