Recognised for Community Involvement

Recognised for Community Involvement

Sixth Form students are celebrating receiving a Highly Commended Award from the Telegraph and Argus, in recognition of their volunteering activities and the positive impact they have made on their local community.

The school was nominated in the ‘Community Involvement’ category of the Telegraph & Argus School’s Awards, by Dave Forest of Bradford Volunteering Service who worked closely with the school to set up the Community Volunteering Programme (CVP).

Now in their third year, the T&A School’s Awards, which are organised in partnership with Bradford Council and The University of Bradford, aim to recognise and celebrate excellence, innovation, inspiration and endeavour in Bradford and District schools.

T&A editor, and founder of the awards, Perry Austin-Clarke said: ’We wanted to shine a light on the exceptional work being done in schools across the district, everyday’.

Shortlisted schools in each of the twelve award categories were invited to a gala awards evening hosted by BBC Look North presenter, Charlotte Leeming and Perry Austin-Clarke which was held at the Aagrah Midpoint on Thursday 10 March.

The event was attended by hundreds of teachers, support staff and representatives from schools across the district, along with Bradford West MP, Naz Shah, Councillors Joanne Dodds and Susan Hinchcliffe and the Lord Mayor of Bradford.

Principal, Kathryn Matthews, who accepted the award on behalf of the school said: ‘I am immensely proud of each and everyone one of the sixth form volunteers, they absolutely deserve to be recognised for the significant contribution they have made to their community’.

Now in its second year, the schools’ Community Volunteering Programme is continually evolving with new partnerships forged including West Yorkshire Police, Bradford University and Bradford’s NHS Trust.

To date, the new sixth form cohort has already clocked up nearly 2000 hours of volunteering, with participation in the summer NCS programme and the various social action projects, providing a head start with their volunteering experience.

Students have worked in various local charity shops: Age UK, Ark Charity, Barnardos, Oxfam and the British Heart Foundation, with local projects including Charity Right, the Human Appeal, Bradford Food Bank, Islamic Relief, The Penny Appeal, Bradford Nightstop, along with larger organisations such as WaterAid, Bradford Royal Infirmary and the NSPCC.

Pic: Students Mozalfa Ilyas, Sana Ashraf, Nicole Hibbert and Aishah Khan proudly display the T&A Schools Award for ‘Community Involvement’.

The nomination video can be viewed at: