Over the past few years over 40 projects have been brought to life in the local and university community by talented and passionate students. Here are a few examples.
Arts and Crafts
Through the Gate was set up by Mark Whiteman to help people get back into employment, education or other vocations.
It provided free sessions from June to August 2016 that gave people the opportunity to boost their self-confidence and enhance their CV by learning resource management and budgeting skills. And all of this whilst getting their hands dirty creating arts and crafts.
Through the Gate was run with Wendover-based charity Lindengate.
Intensive Athletics Coaching
Aliysa Codrington encouraged pupils’ confidence, built their skills, provided a role model and gave insight into the work ethic of athletes. All to help them identify and release their talent.
She ran a free intensive athletics workshop over two days for pupils at a local school during 2015/16.
Aliysa says, “After Brookes I particularly hope to engage grassroots athletes from schools, especially those otherwise isolated by socioeconomic factors, and to build on the legacy of the London Olympics.”
Breakfast Club at Homeless Hostel
Tilly Wensley set up a Breakfast Club project at a hostel that was facing closure.
Residents helped to run the breakfasts - learning skills, taking pride in the project and providing them with more chance of being successful when they moved on.
Tilly says, “Teaching them skills, ensuring nutritional intake, and building better relationships are just some of the positive actions the support has brought.”
The Breakfast Club ran during 2014/15.
- Climbing Wall - weekly sessions for pupils, many of them special needs, from a local school, with some amazing and unexpected outcomes!
- A cowshed-to-pottery conversion.
- A wheelchair basketball club to allow people both with and without disabilities to take part together.
- Healthy eating classes for students, to equip them to prepare healthy, affordable meals and increase their confidence in the kitchen.
- A Somalian women’s sewing group to learn a usable skill and feel more connected in the community.
- Food 4 All - workshops to show carers of young children that healthy eating is possible on a low budget.