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Public Services Students take part in Social Action

Social Action is really important to us at Canterbury College and we strive to encourage our students to take part in activities that benefit the local communities around us.

Level 3 Public Services students have been busy participating in social action by volunteering at Betteshanger Country Park near Deal.

The students visited the activity park for 5 days over a 3-week period and helped with several maintenance and groundwork tasks.

Some of the students helped to replenish the chip bark surface of the play area at the park, making it ready for the public to enjoy again.

However, the largest task was working with MY/PT, a local business which offers army-style, physical training sessions, to redevelop obstacles and course routes on their assault course.

Jay Ingram, owner of MY/PT, said: “What these students have accomplished in a day I couldn’t even do in a week.”

The pandemic forced Jay to close his business, which led to difficulties financing a maintenance team.

The students have “been a massive help” in improving his facilities and assault course ready for the new season.

Jay said: “I am blown away by the hard work from the students and would like to thank them all for their determination in helping to get my business in the best condition now it's back up and running again after the pandemic."

The students took part in a ‘fun day’ as a gesture of thanks for all their hard work, from both Betteshanger Country Park and MY/PT, and were able to have a go at the activities which they helped to create.

They had a go at completing the newly improved assault course, mountain biking and combat archery throughout the day.

Ryan Wood, Deputy Head of Sport and Public Services, said: “The experience offered by Jay and the staff at MY/PT provides our students with a valuable opportunity to volunteer in the community, as well as promoting key skills including leadership and problem solving, allowing students to gain second to none experience about the physical aspects that the Uniformed Public Services require."

Take your learning outside the classroom with our Public Services courses. Find out more here.