15th November 2006
PRISON PROJECT REACHES UK AWARDS FINAL
A project involving student volunteers from the University of Lincoln and inmates at Morton Hall Women’s Prison has been shortlisted for a national volunteering award.
The project, coordinated by the university’s Community Volunteers initiative, is in line for a Higher Education Active Community Fund (HEACF) Volunteering Award.
It was set up in response to a request for translators from Morton Hall Women’s Prison and has led to the development of a befriending and mentoring project.
According to the university’s Community Volunteer Co-ordinator, Pam Thompson, the benefits are reciprocal. “This project gives prisoners the chance to communicate in their own language and the volunteers have the chance to contribute to the community in which they are based during their studies.
“The students and staff involved have been a credit to the project with their reliability, enthusiasm and hard work. We are proud of their achievements and grateful for their help.”
Student volunteer Ching-Wei Wang added: “It is such an inspiring experience to volunteer at Morton Hall. Not only the happiness from helping people, but also broadening our mind from a place we could never touch in our life.
“Overall, volunteering at Morton Hall is a wonderful experience which refreshes me and may help me generate more innovative ideas in my research works.”
Along with 39 other finalists the University of Lincoln will attend an awards ceremony on 6th December at Pinewood Studios hosted by Philippa Forrester. The winners will each receive £200 worth of prizes and a trophy.
Contact: Kate Strawson Tel: 01522 837295