As part of Broadstairs College’s ongoing commitment to the national #iwill campaign, which promotes youth social action, students take part in two Community Weeks throughout the academic year. The idea of the #iwill campaign and the College’s Community Weeks is for staff and students to undertake practical tasks that initiate positive change in the local area. Community Week has been running for more than five years now and gives students the chance to put their learning to practical use while benefitting local residents.
The students choose their project for the week. This Community Week has seen a range of activities from a 700km cycling challenge in aid of the National Autistic Society and a beach clean to support the local Community Alcohol Partnership in Thanet.
Over the five days, the Creative area team rode 782km on static bikes, helping raise more than £366 for the National Autistic Society. More donations are expected over half term, with all the funds going towards helping raise awareness and support for the 700,000 autistic people living in the UK.
Catering, Hair and Beauty students teamed up to deliver a very special pamper day in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. Students from Level 1 to Level 3 all pulled together to plan, advertise and run the event, which took place on Wednesday 27 March. Guests received three treatments in The Salon Academy followed by a four-course lunch. In addition to the pamper day, students also sold raffle tickets for hand-made Easter eggs and beauty gift sets donated by Revolution Beauty. The event raised an amazing £1,289 for Teenage Cancer Trust.
On the Thursday, Early Years and Health and Social Care students joined the Great British Spring Clean with CAP (Community Alcohol Partnership). Armed with plastic sacks and litter pickers, the learners took to the streets of Broadstairs to help tackle rubbish left around the beach. The focus of the event was on litter left by underage drinking such as bottles and cans. Kent Police also joined the students and CAP partners.
At the College, Business students put their event planning skills to the test, delivering their very own Easter Fair. The fair raised £130 for Young Minds, while Computing students supported Ageless and Awesome to develop their online presence in an ongoing project.
Adding to the feel-good factor, Supported Learning students were out in the community delivering a number of great projects including an ‘appreciation box’ filled with treats for volunteers at RBLI, teaching sign language to staff at the Queens Road Baptist Church Café and reading their poem ‘If you see someone’ live on air with Deal Radio station. A copy of this moving piece of poetry about helping others will be published in the Queens Road Baptist Church magazine.
Broadstairs College Principal Kurt Salter said: “I’m really proud of what our students have achieved during Community Week, and we have had fantastic feedback from the students and community. Community Week is great motivation for the students; it presents valuable learning opportunities in their chosen vocational area but also in wider areas of personal development such as teamwork and project management skills.
“I’ve managed to see a lot of the projects in action over the past week and the enthusiasm and passion from the students and staff has been inspiring.”
Although Community Week runs twice a year, many of the projects the students have worked on will continue over the next few terms, and our staff and students are always open to suggestions for volunteering opportunities. If you have a project you think we could help with, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.