Community Students Support their Local Foodbank
Ayrshire College community students helped support their local Salvation Army Foodbank by raising money and collecting tins of food.
Students from the Improving Wellbeing community course put their skills to the test when they decided to assist Major Linda from the Salvation Army to plan, organise and run a jumble sale and coffee morning on Saturday 15 September 2018.
The Improving Wellbeing community course, run in partnership with Ayr Job Centre, is aimed at individuals who have been out of work for a significant period of time and/or have long-term health conditions that have presented a barrier to employment in the past.
As part of the Improving Wellbeing unit, students chose to ‘Give to Others’ and enthusiastically volunteered to help their local Salvation Army. The 12 students raised £400 and gathered another £250 worth of tins of food to donate to the foodbank.
Proceeds will go to the foodbank and help to buy Christmas gifts for local children in underprivileged families.
Lecturer, Lisa Woods said “The event was a huge success and this is down to the students’ enthusiasm and genuine wish to make a difference. It was evident that they thoroughly enjoyed supporting their local community. They remarked on the significant improvement in their own wellbeing and motivation as a result of this and of undertaking the course.”
Tom Marner, Employability and Engagement Manager commented: “The overall aim of this course is to assist participants in regaining their self-confidence and building an awareness of their ability to re-engage with the employment market. For those students seeing the difference they can make in the community is incredibly valuable.”
Two of the students have now secured employment and one has signed up for the Jack and Jill course at our Ayr Campus. The others are all keen to return to undertake another community course.