Volunteering Success for Students
Students from Duchy College Stoke Climsland have been volunteering in a number of different settings enabling them to gain their Volunteer Cornwall Award.
This year's Vocational Options students started the year off by volunteering at Widemouth Bay to collect waste and debris from the shoreline. Despite strong winds and occasional downpours the group managed to collect several bags of waste from the shoreline, aiding the beach ranger in his duties of beach cleaning. The group is aiming to raise awareness of the problems of litter, and support communities to reduce and collect their litter. They are hoping to take part in more beach cleans throughout the year.
The group also took on the task of tidying and clearing pathways and hedgerows at Stoke Climsland campus. Working against the elements on a blustery day the students cut back the overhanging trees and shrubs improving access along the pathway for students, staff and visitors.
Course Manager, Mark Claridge said: "Volunteering is a great way for the students to feel a huge sense of achievement. They did a great job clearing the pathways and have already asked when they can do it again. The students must complete 50 hours of voluntary service in order to receive their V50 awards from Volunteer Cornwall. Here's wishing them well as they try to emulate the successes of the past two years Vocational Options groups in achieving their awards."
Head of College, Andrew Counsell said: "The Vocational Options students worked together to support local communities to reduce the litter in Cornwall. The Widemouth Bay beach clean was a fantastic day for all, giving the students the opportunity to learn about the problems faced as a result of litter. We actively encourage our students to support local communities through volunteering. It enables them to make a real contribution to their communities, promoting a sense of responsibility and citizenship as part of the overall student experience."