Mrs Hargreaves reports on the important work that her Year 9 students have been doing in the community.
Every December, we are swept up in the magic of Christmas and excitement fills the air. The night sky is lit up with an array of twinkling coloured lights. Christmas jingles and carols can be heard all around, high street shops overflow with luxurious gifts and most of us overindulge in all the delicious foods lining the supermarket shelves.
Since September, Year 9 Health and Social Care students have been exploring the different care values demonstrated by professionals across Health and Social Care sectors – care values such as respect for the individual, dignity and a person-centred approach. When discussing these values, students felt it was important to remind ourselves that, at times like Christmas, it is not always a joyful, happy occasion for everyone and that the care values expected of Health and Social Care professionals should in fact be demonstrated by everyone.
As a result, the students eagerly started fundraising for the Wirral Foodbank, a trust that works tirelessly to provide a minimum of three days’ emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis. Last year alone, the Trust’s foodbank network fed over 300,000 people relying on food donated by members of the public. The Trust also has a great team of volunteers on hand to sort donated food ready to be given to clients.
Overall the students raised £55, which they used to buy essential food needed to replenish stock. The food parcel included non-perishable goods such as long-life milk, pasta sauce, coffee, hot chocolate, sugar, cordial, tins of spaghetti, chopped tomatoes and sponge puddings. Several food items were also kindly donated to the collection
The students were presented with a certificate as a ‘thank you’ for their contribution towards the community and further fundraising activities are under way to make more donations in the coming year. I would also like to thank Mrs Watason and Miss Lawrie for their contributions.
To find out more about the fantastic work that the Wirral Foodbank does in the local community, visit their website.