Ashford College - Community Week Round-Up - November 2022
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Community Week Round-Up - November 2022

Staff and students from across the campus got involved in November 2022's Community Week, where we go out and aim to benefit local people and services. See what we did this week to help improve our community!

Commuters received beauty treatments

Beauty students went to Ashford International station on Monday and were offering treatments such as manicures to commuters and station staff. People could donate what they liked for the treatments, and the money raised is going to "The Railway Children", a charity that works with street children in the UK, India and Africa, and helps them get off the streets. 


Early Years brought joy to journeys

Early Years students set themselves up at Ashford International station on the Tuesday, giving out free puzzle packs and colouring sets. These are for parents and young children to complete while travelling by train, making the journey slightly more fun than usual!


Students had their bikes protected (thanks to the Retaina Group)

Our Estates Team were set up in the refectory area on Wednesday to apply bike security marking kits for free on students' bikes. These bike kits can then be registered online and will protect the bikes from theft. Bike thieves unfortunately operate in all towns and cities across the UK. Although we have places to lock up bikes on campus, these kits give them that extra layer of security. We had 30 kits available, and they were fitted on a first come first served basis. A local Ashford company called the Retaina Group kindly donated the kits.


Christmas came early with Christmas box making

Health and Social Care have been making Christmas boxes for those in local care homes, which will be delivered throughout December. The boxes include hand-made Christmas cards by our students, as well as hand-made decorations to give these a personal touch. Our students hope that these will brighten up people's spirits this festive season. Some of the care homes that they are being delivered to are those where our students are working on placements, building our connections in the community!


East Stour Primary educated about college life

As part of our partnership in our EKC Schools Trust, East Stour Primary School students came along to college to gain an insight on what they could do after secondary school. You can read more about this here.


Catering gave out free treats

Catering students could be seen on Thursday giving out free biscuits and baked goods to the people of Ashford. It was a much needed pick-me-up with the ever changing weather as of late and gave catering the chance to show off their skills and promote what they do in college. 


Art sale at the station

Art and Design also helped us to raise money for the Railway Children charity, by selling original art and prints of previous work at Ashford International. There were even some handmade christmas decorations and prints on offer, which would make great gifts at Christmas. We ended up raising £170 for this charity over the course of the week!


ESOL students clean up our rivers

ESOL worked with Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership to help remove rubbish from the River Stour in Ashford, which is a short walk from the college. In total they managed to help fill up 12 bags of rubbish from stuff that had been discarded in the river! This has really helped to clean up our green spaces in the town and reduce pollution in our rivers. 


We do work with our community not just on our community weeks, but every week. If you would like to see more community stories, why not read our news page, or come to our next Open Day and discover what we do in person.