Praise For 'Sensitive' Tollbar Students At Volunteering Talk

Ross Blackwood, Volunteer and Engagement Officer for NE Lincs Council, with Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College Year 13 students (l-r) Ellise Howden, Megan Grant, Zaina Husseini and Liam Spall, who are all interested in volunteering.

North East Lincolnshire Council's Volunteer and Engagement Officer has praised students at Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College for their "sensitive and positive approach" to volunteering in the local community.

On a visit to the College, Ross Blackwood told the Year 13 students that everyone benefits from volunteering. He said: "We talked about volunteering locally, both for themselves and the community, and the benefits and impact that has, both in the short term or longer, whether it is for a day, a week, a month or a year.

"From the point of view of the students, volunteering can positively affect future employment and future applications for Further Education but, more than that, it gives them a sense of community and can benefit the place massively moving forward.

"The students' reaction was very sensitive and positive and hearing some say afterwards that they are interested in volunteering across the summer is really inspiring."

James Dring, Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College Head Boy, said: "This is something that will be really useful for students. It will be interesting to take part over the summer, and it is a really good opportunity for all of us to get involved and put something on the CV, particularly with the local council and the local community. The council is organising the Grimsby 10k which I am interested in, so I might get involved with that."

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Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College Principal

Caroline L Yates BA (Hons).

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David J Hampson