21st January 2003




A student graduating from the University of Lincoln’s Hull School of Health and Social Care has proved a training scheme a success.


Oladipo Togun (39) of Axholme Road, Scunthorpe, joined the Positive Action Training Scheme in 1993 with a desire to enter into social work. 


Ten years later, after completing the training scheme, working for social services and taking his studies further, Oladipo has completed his Diploma in Social Work and has been promoted to a new position which he will begin next week.


The Positive Action Training Scheme was a joint venture set up by Humberside Social Services and the university in 1992.  Although no longer running, the aim of the scheme was to encourage ethnic minorities to enter into social work by providing training alongside social services work placements.


“I worked for a hospital in London before moving to Scunthorpe,” said Oladipo. “I enjoyed helping people so I decided to take it further and try the training scheme.


“My experience from the original scheme led to me getting the position of care officer with social services in Grimsby and I decided to continue studying by taking the university’s Flexible Diploma in Social Work so I could combine work with study.


“It has taken five years to complete the diploma on this part-time basis but it has been worth it.  Not only will I graduate but I recently started a new job as a qualified social worker with the Mental Health Assertive Outreach Team.


“I may take a break from studying now but then again I may decide to take the university’s top-up course to complete the degree.”


Oladipo and the other Social Work students will graduate at Hull City Hall on Tuesday 28th January at 2.30pm.



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