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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
 

Cameron Carpenter and Daniel Kimmins

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Project SEARCH students celebrate securing jobs for B&NES

 

Project SEARCH students Daniel and Cameron are over the moon as they have been offered paid employment after just 6 months on the programme.
 

Project SEARCH is an employability programme based at Bath and North East Somerset Council, which helps young adults with learning disabilities gain the skills they need to become employed.
 

It is a unique programme of work based experience, originating from Cincinnati, which sees a Business (the Council) team up with an Educator (Bath College) and Supported Employment provider (Virgin Care) to run the programme.
 

Cameron Carpenter has secured a seasonal position working for Bath and North East Somerset Council as an assistant stock keeper.
 

His tasks will include: supporting with deliveries to the shops within Heritage Services, taking delivery of stock, unloading and storing in the warehouse, checking orders and maintaining a secure environment of valuable stock.
 

Cameron said: “I have a mix of feelings about securing the job, but I feel excited and content and looking forward to earning money.
 

“Project SEARCH has got me to the place where I can get a job and has helped my confidence.”
 

Daniel Kimmins is about to begin work for Bath and North East Somerset Council as a porter at the Roman Baths.
 

His tasks will include retrieving and retrieving, issuing and returning audio guides and giving a high level of customer service at this top attraction in Bath.
 

Daniel Said: “It means a lot to have been given this job. I’ve worked hard and made a good impression on my placement so have really bonded with the staff and the porter team at the Roman Baths.
 

“Through Project SEARCH I have gained skills in applying for jobs and filling out forms and it’s been great for getting me ready for interview, practicing the questions, I was very prepared.”
 

Catherine Stargatt, Lecturer in Foundation Learning (Project SEARCH), commented: “Since Dan and Cameron started at Project SEARCH in September 2018 they have learned valuable work related skills both in their departments and in the Project SEARCH training room in the Guildhall.
 

Both have showed maturity and professionalism at their time on this programme, we wish them every success in their new employment.”
 

For more information about Project SEARCH click here.
 

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