Salford students show support to their community

9 November 2017 

Students from Eccles Sixth Form College and Salford College of Further Education have been helping to support their local community through fundraising and charitable giving.

Whether it’s by collecting and donating food to those less fortunate, by organising fundraising events, or by getting out into the community and actively making a difference to the lives of others, staff and students have been getting stuck in.

Salford Foodbank

Earlier this month, staff and students from both colleges showed their support to the Salford Foodbank. Early Learning students arranged a harvest festival, whereby they collected, in abundance, food and other useful household items for the foodbank.

Elle McManus, previous St Ambrose Barlow RC High School pupil, said: “When we went into the foodbank, we saw how much food had been donated, which made us realise the world isn’t full of bad people.”

The students gathered the food at college and then delivered the goods to the foodbank themselves, which was extremely well received by Mark Whittington, Manager of Salford Foodbank. He said: “We are very grateful for the support from the colleges in Salford. The donations of food are very appreciatively received as we have recently had low stock levels.  We will ensure that the food will be given to people who are struggling in Salford. 

“Without the support of the college and other organisations, we would simply not be able to help so many people who need it.”  – Mark Whittington, Manager of Salford Foodbank

Salford Foodbank help local people in crisis and are currently feeding 3671 people including  1469 children, and students at both colleges wanted to help this great cause.

Gillian Taylor, personal tutor, said: “I was proud to take the students from the early years course to the foodbank in Salford, the students were excellent and all worked hard, and they were able to see where their donations were going and how they were helping people in similar situations to themselves.”

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Both staff and students from Eccles Sixth Form College, including students from the skills for life department and the nursing cadet’s course, worked in collaboration for the MacMillan Coffee Morning. The students worked hard all week baking and decorating cakes and held the coffee morning on the Friday. The total raised was in excess of £253, a tremendous contribution to a worthwhile cause.  

The Prince’s Trust Community Project

As part of the community element of their programme, students on the Prince’s Trust Course renovated the living areas within Walkden Manor Dementia Care Home, in a hopes of creating a more ‘home from home’ feeling for residents, and to improve their day to day life.

The community element of the Prince’s Trust Programme is integral as it not only helps students build on their confidence and develop their communication skills, but also reinforces the value and importance of working and being a part of a community.

Prior to this heart-warming community project, the students completed a bag packing initiative at Marks and Spencer’s and then proceeded to bake their own cakes which were sold at Pendleton Sixth Form College.

Nicola Costello, Head of Social Care and Early Years, spoke about all the incredible and charitable work students from both colleges were doing. She said: “These are such good causes, close to many of our hearts and right on our door step. The sense of community being developed at both Eccles Sixth Form College and Salford College of Further Education’s Walkden Centre is truly heart-warming!”

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