23rd April 2002

 

CAMPUS VOLUNTEERS TO GET A HELPING HAND

 

A new fund worth more than £180,000 will encourage University of Lincoln staff and students to get involved in local community projects.

 

The money will come from the Higher Education Active Community Fund and will allow the university to cover the cost of releasing staff time to do voluntary work in the county.

 

Funds will also be available to pay staff and students’ travelling expenses when they work unpaid on community projects.

 

The fund is administered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), which has pledged £185,264 to the University of Lincoln over the next three years.

 

The money will also pay for a new community volunteer co-ordinator who will distribute the funds and forge new links between the university and the local community.

 

“This new money will be used to support volunteering across the university,” said Pam Blackman, Director of Educational Partnerships at the university.

 

“From now on we will be able to encourage our staff and students to undertake voluntary work for the benefit of others and we will be able to support the many beneficial arrangements which are already in place.”

 

The university is also joining forces with Lincoln Cathedral to start a mentoring programme for disadvantaged people.

 

Befrienders in Learning and Life will harness the skills, knowledge and experience of cathedral volunteers and staff and the university community to encourage learning among people initially from the Abbey, Boultham and Park wards in Lincoln.

 

“By teaming up with the cathedral we hope to provide educational opportunities, informal contacts and social activities for disadvantaged young people and adults,” said Ms Blackman.

 

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk