Pupils’ involvement in Community Action has a considerable profile within Dulwich College and is recognised in the award of Community Action Ties and in the award of College Colours as a requirement of the Dulwich Diploma conferred to pupils in Year 13. Community Action refers to volunteering and fundraising activities.
Volunteering weekly or fortnightly allows Dulwich College boys in Years 10 to 13 to learn new skills during their lunch break or after school for two terms a year.
2017/18 projects have included:
Brixton and West Norwood Foodback (monthly); Dulwich Hamlet Junior School – reading mentors; Dulwich Wood Primary School – reading mentors and chess club; Rosendale Beavers and Scouts; Streatham Wells Primary School – afterschool club with crafts, homework help and sports computer lunch club and science club; National Citizen Service’s Summer Challenge programme with Aspire Wellbeing in West Dulwich - a non-for-profit day care centre for adults with physical and sensory disabilities; Athol House, a Leonard Cheshire care home; City Heights E-ACT Academy – reading mentors; Judith Kerr primary school - German after school club; Kingswood Community Shop - IT Support; Gardening in Dulwich Park; Ebony Horse Club
20 staff support students
In addition to volunteering the Boys also partake in fundraising activities. There is are five Charity Co-ordinators at Dulwich College. The Senior Management Team chooses a charity for the term and the students organise themselves to raise money. The boys chose to organise one event and one sacrifice per term – for example a technology-free mufti day with a £3 entry, they hope to raise in excess of £20,000 annually.
234 students participate in 17 different projects
Volunteering is fortnightly during the first two terms of the academic year. Fundraising targets are set on a termly basis, the activities vary.