8th March 2006
MP VOLUNTEERS TO SHARE HER
MP Gillian Merron is hoping to inspire staff and
students at the University
of Lincoln to make a real
difference to someone’s life by becoming a volunteer.
is visiting the University of Lincoln on Friday 10th March to talk about
working as a volunteer in South America.
Labour MP spent her parliamentary recess in Guyana with the Voluntary Services
Overseas (VSO) and was
the first ever sitting MP to work on a VSO placement.
Gillian says she’s
looking forward to sharing her experience: “I am pleased to be joining with the university to
promote the value of voluntary work, by talking about my
recent trip to Guyana.
"The developing world remains the issue constituents most frequently
contact me about. It is the influence of
people in Lincoln,
and my work as an MP in support of campaigns like Make Poverty History, that
gave me the impetus to volunteer
during last summer's parliamentary recess to work directly with
people in the developing world.
volunteer with VSO, I worked with the Guyana Teachers’ Union to develop and support
teachers, over a five-week placement, using my skills and background as a
former public services trade union official and as a Member of Parliament to
support this important development project.
"I hope by telling my story of volunteering in Guyana, students will be inspired to offer their
assistance to projects both here in Lincoln
co-ordinator at the University
of Lincoln Shelagh Chapman
says: “Gillian has been to the university before to make presentations and has
been very supportive of what we do. By doing volunteer work in Guyana she is
showing that she is prepared to take time out from her busy schedule to help
others. Anyone coming to the talk will learn a great deal from her experience.”
presentation at 12 noon in the Co-op Lecture Theatre is open to staff and
more information contact:
Kate Strawson Press Officer (01522) 886244.
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