11th January 2000

 

CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME FOR LINCOLN STUDENTS

 

Students in Lincoln who are keen to work with charities in the city are to set up a Community Action Group at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.

 

When the group is up and running next month it will send students on work placements on Wednesday afternoons with Mencap, Shelter and the Nomad Trust.

 

The Students’ Union scheme is a response to requests from a number of students at the Lincoln campus who worked with charities before they enrolled at the university and who would now like the opportunity to carry on.

 

Sarah Patterson, general secretary of the Students’ Union in Lincoln, said many students who are new to Lincoln want to get more involved in local life off-campus.

 

“The university is here but in some ways it’s not yet wholly part of the community,” said.

 

“By helping the community and working in the voluntary sector our students will also get a lot out of it for themselves -  charity work will improve their communication skills and their development as individuals.”

 

The group hopes to send out its first volunteers on four- or six-week placements on Wednesday 16th February. Those at Mencap will be helping adults with learning difficulties at its base in Lincoln’s High Street, while those working with the homeless might help out in the soup kitchen or take on charity retail work.

 

The Students’ Union aims to recruit up to 50 volunteers in the first year of the scheme.

 

Volunteers will receive a certificate at the end of their placement stating what work they have done, and they will also be given the option of staying on longer and even accepting a permanent voluntary position.

 

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For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)