The community week was created to allow our students to experience a variety of activities and working with different organisations and people. Students and staff at Archway created events such as cake sales to raise money for the local homeless, ‘Archway clean up’ that showed learners the importance of keeping the environment clean and tidy. “We all enjoyed helping to keep the environment clean and tidy” said Jodie Hickey.  As well as visiting the dogs home, preparing boxes for the shoe box appeal and wrapping presents for the city mission to give to children around Birmingham that find it hard at Christmas time. Gemma Bennet said: “I got to pick toys for the children and wrap them up. By doing the community week it has encouraged me to take part in more events”

All students took part in at least one of the activities arranged and many students said it was ‘exciting’ and a ‘new experience’ for them.

The student’s especially loved the visit to the dogs home as they learnt all about the local charity for dogs and how to care for a dog in the home. The group had the opportunity to meet some amazing dogs which gave the students the idea to do a future fundraising event for them. As a school we donated bedding, food and toys to give to the dogs and Adam Povey said ‘The dogs will have the best Christmas ever now.

Another project within the community week that learners really enjoyed was the shoe box appeal. The learners ran this event by making cakes in hospitality to raise money that they used to buy went beautiful gifts that they thought the children would appreciate. The learners then stripped different coloured paper and wrapped the shoes boxes with care and precision. The learners then researched where they could send the boxes and took their presents to Samaritans. All students received a purse and they sent out a certificate to show their appreciation. The learners involved showed not only maturity but how they took pride in the project and as a result created a successful shoe box appeal and brought happiness to a child all those miles away.

We are very proud of our learners and the brilliant approach that they had towards community week.