Reporter 453, 5 June 2000

Campus activists team up with city

Psychology finalist Lara Zibarras, a volunteer with the Universityís community action team Campus Connect, has given her time through the year to help Tanzanian 13-year-old Kevin Uleya integrate happily with classmates at St Michaelís College in Leeds. Kevin arrived in England with a limited grasp of English and Lara, from Kenya, volunteered when St Michaelís turned to the University for assistance.

Helping hand: Lara Zibarras used her command of Swahili to help St Michaelís pupil Kevin Uleya settle in

"I speak just enough Swahili to have been able to help Kevin out. He was great fun to work with," said Lara, who has also done voluntary work with children with behavioural problems.

Student volunteers have been raising the Universityís profile in a growing number of grassroots projects in Leeds organised by Campus Connect. It teamed up with Leeds College of Technology to launch Millennium Volunteers, a nationwide initiative encouraging 16 to 24-year-olds to become actively involved in volunteering. To date, they have worked on projects such as tutoring and mentoring, campus trails, out-of-school activities and outreach projects with local schools and community groups. Two, Melitta Lalsing and Leila Harris, have been presented with Millennium Volunteers Awards signed by Education Secretary David Blunkett after completing 200 hours of volunteering. Another eight received certificates for completing 100 hours of voluntary work.

Further information about the Campus Connect scheme is available from the City and Regional office website:

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