Aston student society win national award 

Enactus society

2 December 2014

An Aston student society has had a promising start to the academic year, achieving the Enactus Summer Award for Most Improved Team 2014.

Enactus Aston, which was founded by Aston graduate and Apprentice finalist Nick Holzherr, helps to make empowering, sustainable impacts on individuals in the community both locally and globally. The society is part of a worldwide Enactus programme which encourages students to apply business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.

Enactus Aston received their award for gaining 40 new members from all four Schools across the University and putting several new social projects into action.

The HIV/AIDS Project sees the society working with a local HIV/AIDS charity to deliver music workshops to beneficiaries in order to develop their team working skills and boost their confidence. By running creative writing workshops and teaching basic music skills, it allows sufferers to tell their own personal story in a creative way.

A project that the team are particularly proud of is The Homeless Project, where they are designing and delivering Enterprise workshops to homeless individuals to help them gain necessary skills, confidence and real-life experience.

The Enactus Aston team have also undertaken The Gambia Project, an international project which involves working closely with the Gambia Ministry of Water Resources to help them overcome some of the issues they are currently facing, such as a lack of water pumps and anti-bacterial soap throughout the country.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Enactus Aston’s executive team compromises of President David Russell, Corporate Relations Executive Cliodhna Bourgeais, Finance and Fundraising Executive Brad Meredith and Marketing and Member Engagement Executive Sarah Tattersall. 

David Russell, President of Enactus Aston said: “I am really happy with the progress the society has made over such a short space of time and to have our work recognised by Enactus is a privilege. We are now working hard on putting our new social projects into action and really making a difference to the community.”

Enactus in the United Kingdom is an international non-profit organisation that brings together students, academics and business leaders to use entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life for people in need. Student leaders of Enactus, guided by academic advisors and business experts, implement community empowerment projects across the world.

For more details on the society and how to get involved, visit their website or Facebook page.

For further media information, please contact Jaime Davies, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4377 or j.davies@aston.ac.uk.