8th December 2003





‘The Fast Show’ actor Colin McFarlane stars in a new CD-ROM which has been produced by students, graduates and staff from the University of Lincoln.


The university and Point Four Productions have produced a promotional CD-ROM for the Citizens Advocacy Lincolnshire Link (CALL).


CALL provides a volunteer advocacy service for people with learning and physical difficulties, mental health problems and other disadvantages.


Volunteers from the university and graduates from Point Four Productions filmed and starred in a short film about the charity which features on the interactive CD-ROM.


Colin McFarlane, who can currently be seen in ‘Judge John Deed’ on BBC1, provided the voice-over for the five-minute film in which a mock advocacy session between a client and an advocate was simulated.


“We discussed in the session difficulties that may be experienced by a student with a disability and why advocacy may help that person to have a voice,” said Sophia Hunt, project worker in Education Partnerships at the university.


“Advocacy is not purely speaking on someone’s behalf, but supporting that person to make their own decisions and voice these opinions in order to influence and implement changes.”


Sophia was an actor in the film along with Rebecca Hawes, a Forensic Science student at the university.


The Lincoln Community Network and chartered accountants Saul Fairholm and Co were also involved in producing the CD-ROM.


The project is part of the University Community Initiative which is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Active Community Fund.


Staff and students interested in volunteering should contact Pam, Shelagh or Sophia at the university on 01522 886922.


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For more information contact: Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 Email: lbird@lincoln.ac.uk

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