In The Community
Warrington & Vale Royal College is committed to generating opportunities, actively encouraging and providing practical support for learners to participate in activities which benefit the community and contribute to the learners’ knowledge and understanding of the community in which they live, work and study.
Many Warrington & Vale Royal College students are involved in a range of voluntary work, particularly through the NCS programme.
We also have a number of students who volunteer with the fire service, police and youth offending team.
Public Services student Leah Foote was named Volunteer Police Cadet of the Year in May by Cheshire Police. Leah was selected for the award for going above and beyond her required volunteering hours, working tirelessly to attend numerous community events and for her strong commitment and promotion of Cheshire Constabulary and the Volunteer Police Cadets.
Students also complete work experience and projects within the community. As part of the childcare programme, students complete work placements at schools and nurseries. Construction students are also involved in various projects in the community where they apply their knowledge and practical skills to enhance community and school premises.
Construction students worked on a special army Veteran’s project in Manchester as part of the BBC’s DIY SOS. Students helped to transform a derelict street into homes for ex-servicemen. Eight buildings underwent renovation, while a further 62 houses had their facades rejuvenated.
Carpentry & Joinery students worked with Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation as part of a project to transform 10 wheeled-bases into much-needed sensory aids. The project saw students work together to create ‘Scooterboards’ – a piece of equipment used by the Foundation in schools across the town.
Staff and students are particularly proactive in charity and fundraising events. Each year, they devise a range of activities to raise funds for national charity events including Children in Need and Red Nose Day.
The College also supports local charities, including St Rocco’s Hospice, Claire House Children’s Hospice with sponsored Boogie Bounce and Clubbercise, fundraising balls and coffee mornings.
Gloves, scarves, hats, toothbrushes, chocolates and sweets are donated to the town’s YMCA at Christmas as part of our annual shoe box appeal. The Warrington branch of Age UK also benefits from the college’s generosity on a regular basis, with its members invited in for meals in Buckley’s restaurant, tea dances and beauty treatments.