Canterbury College - Autumn Community Week 2022
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Autumn Community Week 2022

Our November Community Week was a great success, with students and staff from across the College taking part in social action projects to serve our local community. These activities also develop students' skills, boosting their teamwork, organisation and communication, whilst making a positive impact to the wider area. Here’s what we got up to throughout the week.

Free hair appointments

Hairdressing students welcomed the local community from Canterbury Umbrella Centre into our on-site hair salon, offering free hair cuts, washes and styling.

Children in Need

Business students raised money for BBC Children in Need by hosting a variety of stalls in the main street. Students sold home made cakes and cookies, jewellery, iced coffees and offered the chance to take part in a raffle and even a karaoke session!


Lanterns for Canterbury Light Festival

CSVA Graphic Design students created vibrant and eye-catching lanterns that were used in the Canterbury Light Festival throughout the city.

Intergenerational Day 

The Early Years, Health and Social Care and Animal Management departments came together to host an Intergenerational Day, welcoming residents from Old Farm Care Home and children from our on-site nursery.

Students ran interactive activities and arts and crafts sessions, as well as introduced some of our animals to the residents and children.

Health and Social Care Rave, Bake Sale and Awareness Stall

Students hosted a rave to raise money for Cancer Research UK, inviting staff and students for a donate and dance session in the main street. 

Health & Social Care students also held a bake sale, raising funds for Mind Charity, supporting mental heath.

Throughout the week, students also had a stall aimed at raising awareness of men's mental health, holding a charity raffle with a variety of prizes, including a hand-crafted dolls knitted and donated by one of the students' grandmother!

Primary School Visits

Motor Vehicle and Engineering students visited Barham Primary School and Sandwich Junior School, using their skills to help set up 3D printers and create decorations for the Christmas season.

Tapestry project with Aylesham Primary School 

CSVA Art & Design students worked on a project with Aylesham Primary School, creating a vibrant Matisse inspired tapestry to be displayed at the school.

Sandwich Bay Beach Cleaning

Travel and Tourism students completed a beach clean at Sandwich Bay, to help make the coastal area a cleaner and safer place for the local community.

Helping Homelessness

CSVA Fashion and Textiles students worked on a project to help people experiencing homelessness in Canterbury. They use recycled, cleaned crisp packets and constructed blankets with them to help out in the winter months.

Betteshanger Country Park 

Public Services students visited Betteshanger Country Park, near Deal, as part of their Social Action project. Students helped to refresh the play area and maintain the assault course obstacles.

Charity Football Match 

The Built Environment department hosted a charity football match with staff and learners playing in the Sports Hall in aid of Leukeamia UK. The event was a great success and all players donated money to the charity.

Making and selling Christmas decorations

Plumbing students created Christmas decorations made from recycled copper, which were sold to students and staff by the Foundation Learning department.

Veteran Care Home Visit

A group of Public Services students visited Maurice House, a care home for veterans, to socialise with the residents, listen to their stories and help wrap Christmas presents in preparation for the festive season.

If you have any more fantastic photos from Community Week that you would like us to share, or want to tell us about a project you were involved with, you can contact us here.

Want to find out more about why we love getting involved and helping our local community? Find out our top reasons why we think social action is so important here