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News: Pub­lic Ser­vices stu­dents get cre­ative to help Guide Dogs

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Student Emily with her pet dog Lez (and a cuppa) in her garden.
Student Emily with her pet dog Lez (and a cuppa) in her garden.

Our Not­ting­ham Col­lege Sport and Pub­lic Ser­vice Tech­ni­cian, Abbi Hod­gett, has writ­ten a blog post explain­ing some of the ways our staff have been encour­ag­ing stu­dents to keep them­selves busy, keep learn­ing, and keep fit dur­ing the lockdown. 

Abbi has writ­ten about a recent fundrais­er that some of our Pub­lic Ser­vices stu­dents got involved with from home.

Keep­ing fit and healthy can be dif­fi­cult at the best of times, but when restrict­ed to your house most of the time (before restric­tions on exer­cise were lift­ed) and iso­lat­ed from oth­ers, it is easy to neglect your phys­i­cal and men­tal health. 

Staying healthy and helping others

We want­ed to help our stu­dents keep fit, stay moti­vat­ed and com­plete their work, so we had to think differently. 

As part of the Lev­el 2 Pub­lic Ser­vices course here at Not­ting­ham Col­lege, our stu­dents com­plete a unit cov­er­ing land nav­i­ga­tion by map and com­pass. There is anoth­er unit which involves vol­un­teer­ing in pub­lic services. 

We decid­ed to com­bine the two, ask­ing our stu­dents to take part in a Guide Dogs char­i­ty walk chal­lenge, with the twist being to keep to the con­fines of their back gar­den or yard (where applicable). 

Walking (and running) their socks off!

Pub­lic Ser­vices stu­dent Emi­ly Pat­ter­son told us she had set her­self an unusu­al chal­lenge. She said: I dressed up as a mil­i­tary San­ta and ran around my gar­den try­ing to make a cup of tea.” (safe­ly of course!) 

Emi­ly added: This was a tough task to com­plete!” Not only did she man­age to car­ry out this inter­est­ing task, she also man­aged to raise £20 for the Guide Dogs char­i­ty. Emi­ly sent us a love­ly pho­to of her and her dog Lez, who was there to help her com­plete the challenge! 

Fel­low stu­dent Carter Mar­shall also took part in the event by run­ning 2.5 miles at home. 

Person jogging in their garden
Student Carter doing his bit by running lengths of his garden

I start­ed off by putting a fundrais­er on Face­book for Guide Dogs. To raise mon­ey, I then ran 315 lengths of my gar­den and I raised £60.

 — Carter

Making the best of their situation

I spoke to Gail Lendis, Pub­lic Ser­vice Lec­tur­er, who found this fan­tas­tic fundrais­ing idea. She said: Our Pub­lic Ser­vices stu­dents aspire to join one of our front­line ser­vices, and they are keep­ing fit, going the extra mile and remain­ing positive. 

The chal­lenges we set our stu­dents give them oppor­tu­ni­ties to learn skills, turn­ing a neg­a­tive into a pos­i­tive wher­ev­er possible.” 

Not only have the stu­dents been able to pro­vide evi­dence for their course, but they raised funds for a great char­i­ty too! It will help Guide Dogs ensure they can con­tin­ue to pro­vide life-chang­ing ser­vices to help peo­ple with sight loss live the life they choose.”

A Pub­lic Ser­vices course can lead to an excit­ing and reward­ing career in a range of areas, from the Armed Forces to the Emer­gency Ser­vices, Secu­ri­ty or Prison Services. 

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  • 27th May 2020 (9:44 AM)
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