27th September 2005
STUDENT VOLUNTEERS TO RECEIVE NATIONAL AWARD
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
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
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.”
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
more information contact:
Strawson, Assistant Press Officer