Sidcot School Year 11 Community Initiatives
Every Wednesday 100 Year 11 students complete community volunteering activities including Gardening (collaboration with Winscombe & Sandford Millennium Green Trust); Dementia Friends (A collaboration with Winscombe Hall Nursing Home) and Senior Citizens social club (A collaboration with Saint Monica’s Trust)
Encouraging student engagement with volunteering and community awareness
Helping the local community
Geoff Andrews, activities Year 11 activities coordinator for Sidcot School made personal contact with members of the local community and visited a number of sites to scope out the possibilities for volunteering collaboration. Geoff then assessed whether there would provide opportunity for a mutually beneficial collaboration and fell within the remit of school safeguarding and health and safety policies.
The school provides transport for the them
Stafffing team of 2 people per activity (10 staff in total)
Timetable provision of 1 hour each Wednesday afternoon
Minimal budget for basic gardening equipment
· The gardening students have done a fantastic job sprucing up a local community area and developing the site. A letter of appreciation was received. Further a group of students went on to fundraiser for a new leaf blower for the organisation, which is in regular use and gratefully received
· An awareness and increased understanding of older people, communication with people from different walks of life was noted.
· Some students, due to this initiative have gone on to volunteer over the summer or help out at local fetes
Weekly during term time. This takes place every year.