17th October 2005



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A group of community-spirited students from the University of Lincoln are giving up their spare time to volunteer at Age Concern throughout October as part of the government’s ‘Year of the Volunteer’ initiative.

The ‘Year of the Volunteer’ year-long celebration of the amazing work volunteers do and a call to action to get more and more of us volunteering. Early in 2004, Chancellor Gordon Brown designated 2005 as the Year of the Volunteer.

The Home Office is working in partnership with Community Service Volunteers and Volunteering England to coordinate the year which is made up of 12 themed months. October is Citizenship and Community month.

The students, who are helping out at Age Concern in Lincoln, are members of the university’s Community Volunteers Service which provides a link between organisations seeking volunteers and students seeking voluntary work experience.

During October they’ll spend a few hours a week befriending elderly people by visiting them on a regular basis in their own home, manning the reception desk at the Age Concern Day Centre on Park Street, or helping out in the IT coffee bar.

Recently three students took part in a ‘tin shake’ event at the Tesco supermarket on Wragby road, managing to raise over £250.

Ronnie Pritchard, who is the Befriender Services Co-ordinator, said: “The students are a pleasure to work with and are a credit to the university. The home visits in particular can make a big difference to people’s lives. They give older people some company and a chance to have a chat.”

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For more information contact:

Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886244

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