May 2000

No 107

Photocall Friday May 26, 2.30pm

University of Leicester students who have played a vital role in helping the community, along with keeping up with their studies, are to be rewarded for their efforts.

The Everard Foundation annually provides financial support to Contact, the Universityís Student Community Action group.

Contact has had a highly successful year -nearly 200 students are engaged in activities which have easily surpassed those of other years.

This year Contact was involved in a student shadowing programme and, just before Christmas, a team of 11 students organised and ran a Carol Concert for the elderly. Volunteers from the University Choral Society and Wind Band took part in the event, in addition to a number of Contact members.

Over Easter a team of three students worked with the Ripple to organise a Media Experience Event for local school children. Schoolchildren who took part learnt how to put together the front page of a newspaper, write an article and create a website.

Throughout the year Contact has continued to run SCAMP, a playgroup for children with disabilities. In addition to Contactís own projects, volunteers continue to attend placements in a number of local organisations. This year 40 students worked in 5 local primary schools, 10 students worked in secondary schools, 7 students volunteered at day centre for people with brain injuries, 6 students volunteered for projects working with the homeless, 6 students went on an Easter holiday project for people with disabilities, plus much more!

This year Contact has been able to offer students accreditation through the Millennium Volunteers Scheme. 75 students have taken up this challenge so far, of which 13 have achieved a Certificate (100 hours) and 8 have achieved an Award (200 hours). These will be presented later this term. Contact has continued to play an active part in the development of MV, with a student from Leicester representing student volunteers on the Youth Forum initiation committee.

  • A cheque presentation by the Everard Foundation will take place at 2.30pm on Friday May 26 in the Registrarís Office, Fielding Johnson Building, University of Leicester.
  • NOTE TO NEWSDESK: For more information, contact Rachel Pack on 0116 2231141 or email contact@le.ac.uk

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