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College volunteers tackle homelessness and promote healthy eating

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Volunteers on the vInspired Talent Programme at Wakefield College are currently undertaking social action projects to help make a difference to the community they live in. The young people, aged 16-24, have split into two groups, one to promote healthy living through creating a community vegetable patch at City Campus and the other to help homeless people in the district. 

The healthy living project, currently in phase one, is developing an allotment at City Campus for future students to get involved with to learn how to grow their own. The homelessness project sees volunteers working in partnership with the Community Awareness Programme in the district (CAP) to introduce donation bins at the college to encourage students to donate clothing, food and toiletries and making up survival packs to be donated to Wakefield Rental Deposit Scheme, who support young people facing homelessness in the district. 

Emma North, catering volunteer and Combat Homelessness group member said, “The social action projects are helping me build my confidence, deal with new people, learn how to work as a team. I'm building my employability skills to help get a job.”

Sam Wright, Principal of Wakefield College, said “It is great to see young people so committed to making a difference to their community and creating projects they feel passionately about that benefit the Wakefield District.” 

The social action projects are part of the 24 week vInspired Talent Volunteering Programme being run at the college to help young people. The programme sees young people take part in a meaningful work experience placement, do up to a Level 2 qualification, boost their CV and references, take part in a social action project to become more aware of the community they live in and boost their confidence and transferable skills.

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 15 July, 2014

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