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 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.”