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Food delivered to Bath College for Community Chest project

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Bath College works with Compassionate Community Hub to feed students this Christmas

 

Many Bath College students and their families have been adversely financially impacted by the pandemic, leading to stress, anxiety and difficulties affording food and essentials.

 

To help to tackle this, the College is working with Bath & North East Somerset’s Community Wellbeing Hub, or Compassionate Community Hub, to ensure that no young person goes without this Christmas time.

 

The hub, which is a collaboration between Bath & North East Somerset Council, Virgin Care and 3SG, was formed in March to provide a range of support to residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

 
Community Chest image - food inside a treasure chestA ‘Community Chest’ has been set up at the College campuses in the centre of Bath and Radstock full of frozen meals that students can access for themselves and their families, no questions asked.

 
As well as the Community Chest, any learners who are in need of a Christmas care package filled with toiletries, food and some festive treats, which have been put together by donations from staff, will be available to collect from under the College Christmas tree on the last weeks of term.

 
Bath College Catering and Hospitality staff are also preparing pre-made Christmas dinners that students can collect on 23rd December from the City Centre Campus so that they can take them back to their families for Christmas Day to help those who may not be able to afford the day they would usually have. Students will just need to register how many they would like confidentially through the College.

 
Student volunteers are also working with the hub on the ‘Compassionate Christmas’ project, for which they will make phone calls to vulnerable people on Christmas day to help tackle loneliness.

 
Bath College’s Life and Independent Living Skills (LILS) students have also been decorating Christmas cards and tree decorations to send to people who have displayed five acts of Christmas kindness.

 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and Chief Executive of Bath College, said: “As a community College we have really pulled together to ensure that our students don’t go without at Christmas, and beyond.

 
Thank you to the B&NES Compassionate Community Hub for their donations of food that are gratefully received. I am immensely proud of all who have made donations, volunteered their time and pitched in to look after one another.”

 
If students have any confidential questions about how to obtain food or essentials from College, they can email xmasbox@bathcollege.ac.uk

 
 
Residents across Bath and North East Somerset can contact the Hub or organisations can refer someone who is in need of help by:

• Calling: 0300 247 0050
• Emailing: BATHNES.thehub@virgincare.co.uk
• Texting: 07870 868368
• Visiting the Website: www.communitywellbeinghub.co.uk www.compassioncb.org.uk
• Following on social media: Twitter – @CWHBANES @compassioncb
 

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Post-pandemic retraining programme launched by Bath College and Bath Spa University

 

At a time of significant economic and social turbulence, Bath College and Bath Spa University are proud to be working together in the creation and launch of RESTART, a post-pandemic recovery package of inclusive skills and reskilling.

 

Now, more so than ever, Bath College and Bath Spa feel passionately that people are not left behind at a time when jobs and futures are being adversely effected.

 

The core aim of RESTART is to ensure that the local community have an accessible opportunity to reskill in order to maximise employment and progression opportunities, whilst giving them the opportunity to maximise their chances of re-employment and/or employment in a new sector by focusing on ‘in demand’ skills from basic to advanced.
 

The programme will benefit those looking to begin new journeys in their careers, those recently made redundant, those recently furloughed or looking to start their own business venture.
 

This ground-breaking workplace skills delivery programme is open to anyone aged 19+ and utilises consistent communication with local employers and businesses about skillsets that they look for when hiring people.
 

Candidates will consider a wide range of pathways to employment and will develop skills within a multitude of business settings to enable them to fill gaps on CVs and progress in the workplace. Learners currently on our programmes are exploring CV masterclasses, Microsoft Office applications, Google Work place apps, resilience, positivity, confidence and job hunting skills with further potential of exploring customer service skills, entrepreneurship, business administration, leadership and management, digital innovation and cyber security at a higher level.
 

Andy Salmon, Pro-Vice Chancellor External at Bath Spa University, said: “Restart teams up Bath’s post-16 education providers for the first time to deliver a joined up programme. Local businesses insist that it is increasingly important for employees to have both hard and soft skills, with the latter focusing on communication, agility, confidence and ability to solve problems.
 

“In fact, soft skills were frequently cited as even more important than more traditional harder skills. When companies did reference harder skills it was digital and business understanding that came out as crucial for building new jobs and career opportunities.
 

“We know that everyone has varying skillsets and objectives, and we are committed to enabling our local communities of learners to bridge those gaps so they can flourish, gaining new relevant skills in these very challenging times.”
 

Laurel Penrose, Principal and Chief Executive at Bath College, said: “The joint approach between Bath College and Bath Spa University provides a timely and flexible opportunity for those requiring a fresh and different set of technical and employability skill set to secure their current or different future employment.
 

By working together, listening to individual needs and employers’ requirements we can ensure that the reskilling and upskilling courses fit a person’s and industry requisites, so that all in our community can benefit in these difficult times”.
 

Both institutions are proud of this venture and the learners who have already begun the process of building for their futures.
 

If you are interested in your own RESTART, for further information, please contact Bath College Adult Community Learning, acl@bathcollege.ac.uk tel: 01225 328 822

 

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