Throughout 2021 students from across our college campuses have been coming together to raise money and donate their time for some fantastic causes!
From fancy dress and pamper days to baking, running, and walking; there have been many creative approaches to fundraising this year and with the launch of our official charity last month, The Teenage Cancer Trust which was voted for by Students, we can’t wait to see what 2022 has in store!
For many, the opportunity to plan charity events and raise money has allowed our learners to enhance the wealth of transferable skills they learn as part of their college courses, including teamwork, event planning, communication, maths skills and much more.
Here’s a round-up of just some of the amazing fundraising efforts that have taken place this year.
Nottingham College sport their festive fancy dress for The Teenage Cancer Trust.
As part of a Christmas themed week organised by our Wellbeing Team, staff and students sported their best festive fancy dress. Our catering students made Christmas cookies to sell and a gingerbread house which became a raffle prize. All the money raised from these events has been donated to our Charity of the Year, the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Early Years raise money for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal and Young Minds
It wasn’t just our catering students who were busy baking this year. Level 3 Early Years students made and sold a range of Christmas goodies around the City Hub campus and raised over £100 which they used to buy gifts for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.
Earlier this year the faculty also held a ‘Hello Yellow’ fundraiser for Young Minds in the run up to World Mental Health Day. Students baked cakes and held a range of child friendly games and activities so they could put the skills they learn on their course into action.
Staff and students donate their time to community volunteering projects
Our students and staff both volunteer regularly throughout the year with Nottingham Community and Volunteering Service (Nottingham CVS). Over 2021, following a large uptake in online volunteering in 2020 during lockdown, many more hours were volunteered by Nottingham College. Some key micro-volunteering projects have included our Student Union’s Green Society where projects involved cleaning local rivers and planting new gardens. Another popular way to volunteer time was through through admin tasks to help people who aren’t English language speakers or IT literate.
If you want to see how you can volunteer, even a few hours a month, from home — see opportunities here: https://www.nottinghamcvs.co.uk/volunteering/search-for-opportunities
Hair and Beauty students’ fundraising efforts
Our Hair and Beauty students have taken a local cause to their hearts and have pledged a year of fundraising to help raise awareness and buy resources to tackle knife crime.
The students were inspired by the story of a local young man, Byron, who was tragically killed earlier this year. They have joined forces with his mum Zoe to help tackle knife crime and crucially save lives by using funds to buy anti-bleed kits.
In December Level 1 and 2 hair and beauty students were able to put their skills into practice and held a luxury pamper day. Charging £12 for a ticket, clients were able to enjoy a shampoo and conditioning treatment plus a luxury manicure in our commercial salon at our Adams Building campus.
Not only did this give our students the opportunity to work with real clients and develop transferable skills such as customer service, event planning and maths, they raised over £600 for charity too.
Good for Me, Good for FE initiative collected donations for local charities
Throughout December Staff were encouraged to support the Good for Me, Good for FE initiative, joining colleges around the country to connect with their local communities.
Collection bins were placed in college receptions collecting donations to support three Nottingham charities working to support homeless people in the city: Emmanuel House, Framework and The Friary.
Nottingham College went ‘Outrageously Orange’
Our Early Years team held an outrageously orange charity walk, in support of Maggie’s Trust. The charity provides free support to anyone with cancer and their families. The walk was arranged by Early Years Lecturer Jodie Robinson, who felt inspired after discovering that one of her Level 3 students was diagnosed with cancer.
High Pavement and Stapleford learners got involved with shoebox appeals
Staff and students at our Stapleford and High Pavement Campuses collected donations and wrapped shoe boxes. They were among hundreds of young people from across Nottinghamshire who have been helping the Sewa Day and West Bridgford Community Helpers to spread some joy amongst the most vulnerable in society, providing Christmas gifts.
We launched our Charity of the Year!
We began this term and academic year with a series of Welcome Events held across campuses for our new and returning students. A key part of these events and stalls was to promote democracy by encouraging every student the Wellbeing Team met, to have their democratic say and vote for the College’s first ever Charity of the Year.
Student Council produced the shortlist, looking at charities that matter particularly to young people and cover a range of different projects and aims, whilst considering local charities too.
It was a tough decision to make with 4 worthy charities nominated, who all doing amazing work for young people in Nottingham. The four nominated charities were Framework, Nottingham Woman’s Centre, Tomorrow Project and Teenage Cancer Trust.
The outcome of the vote was heavily in favour of Teenage Cancer Trust. This is now the charity that throughout the next few months both students and staff will be fundraising for, alongside national fundraising calendar days such as Children in Need and Christmas Jumper Day.