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College student volunteers at Newark Showground vaccination centre




A nurse who went back to college to re-train as a hairdresser is volunteering at the Newark Showground vaccination centre.

Viona Fearn is studying a level three hairdressing course at Newark College after deciding to return to education.

Due to the pandemic and the demand on the NHS in the roll-out of vaccinations, Viona will take shifts at the showground to vaccine people as part of a volunteer team.

Viona Fearn was a nurse but is retraining as a hairdresser and is helping administer covid vaccinations. (44272069)
Viona Fearn was a nurse but is retraining as a hairdresser and is helping administer covid vaccinations. (44272069)

Viona is passionate about supporting people and was keen to use her skills where necessary.

“I recognise the work completed in the NHS and thought I could support this,” she said.

“I do not mind where I work as long as I can support with getting these vaccinations completed to as many people as possible in the quickest time we have.

“When I complete my hairdressing course I would like to combine the two roles and offer a hairdressing service within the NHS to those who work extended hours and struggle to book an appointment."

Penny Taylor, advanced curriculum coach at Newark College, said: “As a college we are community-focused and fully support Viona. We are extremely proud of Viona and her actions that support this important vaccination roll-out.

“Viona’s behaviour demonstrates our focus at college of empowering our students to be work ready and enabled and liberated to take on these challenges at the difficult times.”



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