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Foundation recognise volunteers

The Foundation marked Volunteers Week by celebrating the host of individuals who help across the charity’s programmes on a regular basis.

All of the Foundation’s volunteers were presented with certificates throughout the week marking how many hours of service they have given during the year.

Jason Jenkinson, Kerry Swarbrooke-Coy, Linda Smith, Oliver Pask, Patrick O’Reilly, Susan Surridge and Barbara Bond were all pictured with their awards, with many others providing testimonials of their experience with the Foundation.

John, who assists in the Foundation’s Football Development pathway, said: “I volunteer because I find it very rewarding watching the development of younger players, especially as I coach and manage a local grassroots Sunday football team. 

“As I am a Lincoln City FC season ticket holder, I thought that volunteering for the Foundation would be my way of giving something back to the football club.”

Kerry, a walking football coach, said: “I volunteer for Lincoln City Foundation because after both working for the Foundation and being a participant at some of its sessions I simply couldn't not remain involved. 

“I have seen first hand the difference the Healthier Communities programmes make to the lives of the people who attend the sessions. 

“It gives me an immense sense of pride and pleasure to help enhance the lives of others through the work of the Foundation.”

Chloe, an out of school assistant, said: “I first started volunteering back in 2018 after I had completed one of Lincoln City Foundation's youth action programmes. 

“After completing the programming, I was introduced to the Foundation’s Holiday Club where I took on a volunteering role within the club supporting the staff and learning new critical skills. 

“From this experience, I then went on to complete three other youth action projects which included: Green Leaders, NCS and Changemakers. Completing the green leaders meant that I was able to meet new people, try new activities and actively engage in creating ideas for new projects. 

“From green leaders I was able to create and lead a team of willing participants to help support on matchdays. From this I learn how to be a responsible leader and how to manage a team. Due to this, last year I was offered a paid job role as a playworker at Lincoln City Foundation and now continue to volunteer my time as well.

“All young people should take up the opportunities they are given to volunteer as there are many benefits and you get to experience many new things. I thoroughly enjoyed my time when volunteering.”

Claire, an assistant at DS Active, said: “‘I volunteer to help coach the Lincoln City Foundation’s DS Active team. Watching these guys develop their love of the game of football brings me great joy. I also get some exercise so it’s a win-win situation.”

Claire from Conversation Club said: “I have been volunteering at Lincoln City Foundation for just over a year. I am thrilled that I am able to put my experience as an English Language teacher to good use by teaching at the weekly Conversation Club. 

“I chose the Foundation firstly to show my thanks and appreciation for supporting my child at the Holiday Club and secondly, I am mad about football!”

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