5th June 2003




Lincoln MP Gillian Merron will drop into the university tomorrow (Friday) to see how the campus volunteering scheme is shaping up.


Ms Merron will meet the university’s two community volunteer co-ordinators as well as staff and students who have taken up voluntary work as part of the university scheme.


Her visit to the Alstom Atrium at Brayford Pool from 3pm until 3.45pm coincides with National Volunteers Week (1st – 7th June 2003), a nationwide celebration of volunteering which recognises the UK’s 21 million volunteers.


“Gillian Merron has expressed an interest in what is happening locally with the voluntary sector so we’ll be talking to her about the community volunteering work we do at the university,” said co-ordinator Pam Thompson.


Pam and her colleague Shelagh Howe were appointed as community volunteer co-ordinators last summer after the university won a grant from the Funding Council’s Active Community Fund.


The pair work to provide staff and students with opportunities to volunteer their time and talents in the wider community and forge links between the university and the people of Lincolnshire and Humberside to encourage participation in community projects.


“Those who do volunteer are given an introductory programme and support throughout their activities,” says Pam.


“Staff who undertake voluntary work receive travel expenses and are given help to cover time spent away from the workplace.”


Now in its 19th year, Volunteers’ Week is the major event in the UK’s volunteering calendar. Last year over 130,000 volunteers were awarded thank you certificates during the week.


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