27th September 2005




Three students from the University of Lincoln, who have dedicated their spare time to helping others in the local community, have been successfully nominated for Year of the Volunteer Awards.


International student Nofi Oshingbade from Nigeria, Florence Aciro from London and Zoe Norman from Worksop are members of the university’s Community Volunteers Service, which provides a link between organisations seeking volunteers and students seeking voluntary work experience.


Nofi has been volunteering with Young Enterprise which is a well established business education charity. Her work has involved regular visits to Lincoln St Peter at Gowts C of E Primary School to talk to year six pupils about the role of global trading in everyday life.


As well as being involved with local schools, Community Service Volunteers can also train to become befrienders to prisoners who wouldn’t otherwise have any visitors.


Florence and Zoe have both worked as volunteer befrienders at Rampton Hospital which is a high-security hospital for prisoners with mental health problems.


Val Strawson, volunteer co-ordinator for BME (Black and Minority Ethnic), nominated Zoe and Florence for the Year of the Volunteer Awards.


She said: “Florence and Zoe have made a difference to the patients’ lives here at Rampton which can be very unreal and isolating. To quote one patient, volunteers ‘bring the outside in’. Having a befriender for friendless patients can make the difference between them staying in Rampton for a very long time and moving on to a medium secure unit.”


The Year of the Volunteer 2005 is a national initiative led by a partnership between Community Service Volunteers (CSV) and the Volunteering England Consortium, and supported by the Home Office.


Nofi, Zoe and Florence will be presented with their Year of the Volunteer medals by the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Mrs Bridget Cracroft-Eley, at the Lincolnshire Showground on Saturday 8th October.


For more information contact:

Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886244                       kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk