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Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students work to help their local community

Students at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at South Essex College have been inspired to help their community following a visit from a local foodbank. 

It all started when The Storehouse’s project manager, Rob Carvosso, was invited to the college to give a talk on homelessness and poverty. Rob explained the challenges faced by the foodbank and the students set about discussing what they could do to help. 

This resulted in a huge number of new donations to the foodbank from members of the college. The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students made sure that a wide range of products were collected, including tinned goods, tea, coffee, clothes and toiletries to help The Storehouse provide breakfasts, lunches and dinners to local people in need. 

Determined to continue their support of The Storehouse, the students also organized a fair that raised £250. They began by visiting local shops and asking them to donate prizes for the tombola. Other attractions included a popular cake stall, and hair and beauty treatments kindly given by the college’s beauty academy. 

The enterprising students are seeking to make more people smile this January: they spent Blue Monday giving out free sweets at the local train station, and later this term they will be raising money for a local hospice.

Stuart Gibbs, Progress Tutor, said: “It is really important for young people to understand the issues surrounding homelessness and poverty to enable them to empathise with others. It was great for the students to get involved in this project and experience first-hand how they can make a positive difference in the local community.”

We wish the students every success in their fundraising efforts this term!