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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
 

News

Bath College Business Entrepreneurs enjoy sale success at The 2019 Bath Christmas Market

 

 

Two teams from our BTEC Level 3 Business course have spent the last three months creating their own businesses in the lead up to The Bath Christmas Market. Each team had a Managing Director, came up with a team name and product ideas, and then a business and financial plan for how their business would run.

 

During the months leading up to the Christmas Market they have been working hard behind the scenes, alongside lectures and project work, coming up with posters, and sourcing materials to make their products. Once they had completed their Business Plans they went head to head for the first time, competing for a £50 investment from Metro Bank. This £50 would be a baseline cost to buy materials for their products and print posters and flyers. The pitch to Metro Bank was styled like Dragons Den, with the two teams outlining their business plans and financial forecasts to The Director and Manager of Metro Bank, Chris and Yani. Chris and Yani couldn’t pick a winner and so agreed to invest £50 in both teams.

 

The teams worked closely with local businesses and business leaders, in particular Taste of Bath and Minuteman Press. Helen from Taste of Bath, who had held a stall at The Bath Christmas Market a few times, shared her knowledge of how to sell and grab people’s attention at The Christmas Market, as well as provide advice on their products and set up. She also introduced them to Dave at Minuteman Press, who provided large posters free of charge to help their stall stand out. The team at Minuteman also helped with printing the teams hand drawn cards, and Helen from Taste of Bath visited the students at their stall, despite currently running one of her own, to motivate and give them some last minute pointers.

 

 

Helen said:
“It’s been wonderful to see the Bath College Business students grow in confidence over the months leading up to the Bath Christmas Market, and now all their hard work has paid off and they have had a successful two days of sales. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the process, and I’m glad that I’ve been able to help and offer advice on both their products and The Bath Christmas Market, well done Bath College Entrepreneurs!”

 

The two teams ran the Charity Chalet at The Christmas Market on Wednesday evening (residents night) and all day on Thursday. Team one named themselves ‘Eutur’ and ‘Giving Gifts’; Eutur sold beautifully scented and festively wrapped Reed Diffusers, and was made up of Fergus Blythe (Managing Director), Dala Hodgson, Emily Hayden, Will Davis, Will Dugan, Eleanor Higham and Alex Godrige. Giving Gifts were selling hand drawn Christmas Cards and an array of beautiful jewelleries, they were made up of Ben Betteridge (Managing Director), Freddie Coulson, Emily McCarthy, Mitch Hooper, Kirsten Harkness, Libby Cartwright and Jack Ewings.

 

 

Between the two teams they made a total of £697 over the two days, and each team will be donating 50% of their proceeds to a chosen charity. Eutur have chosen to donate 50% of their proceeds to Make a Wish, whilst Giving Gifts will donate 50% to The Childrens Hospice South West. It’s been a fantastic experience for the students, the Bath Christmas Market is well attended by residents and tourists alike, and they have had the opportunity to network and collaborate with local businesses. The students worked extremely hard, working through a drizzly first evening, and a very busy second day.

 

Kate Knights, Business Lecturer who has led on this project said:
“Our BTEC Level 3 Business Students have been working tirelessly for the last 3 months in preparation for this event, doing everything from bidding for investment to market research to manufacturing the products themselves. I couldn’t be prouder of the hard work they’ve put in and it’s been great to see them reap the benefits and be quite so popular at the market”

 

Team Giving Gifts Managing Director Ben commented:
“I’ve learned how competitive Market stalls are and the importance of good advertising”

 

This is just one of a number of fantastic opportunities available to our Business students, we have a range of Business courses suited to all levels, including Business Level 2 and the International Business Extended Diploma. Click the linked course names to find out more, or for a list of all our Business related courses please click here.

 

Events, News

Students get festive at Big Christmas Sing

 

It’s the final week of term so all students have got their eyes fixed firmly on the Christmas holidays.
 
To mark the end of term, the Student Participation team put on ‘The Big Christmas Sing’ where students and staff could get together to sing carols over a mulled punch and a mince pie.
 
Participants were encouraged to wear their Christmas jumpers, raising money for Save the Children‘s Christmas Jumper Day campaign.
 
Carols included The Twelve days of Christmas, Jingle Bells and Silent Night.
 

Silent Night at City Centre
 

Jingle Bells at Somer Valley
 
We were very impressed with the enthusiastic singing! It was a lovely way to end 2018.
 
Wishing all our students and staff a restful break over Christmas.
 

Adult Community Learning, Fair, News

Success at the Adult Community Learning Christmas Fair

 

On Friday the 7th December, a group of our hard working Adult Community Learning students ran stalls and sold their own hand made Christmas gifts and decorations at the St John’s Christmas Fair. They had an incredibly successful day of sales, selling out all but one of their boxes before 1:30!

 

At Bath College, the Adult Community Learning programme provides a wide range of courses aimed at those who want to improve their chances of finding work, support their family or live independently. These courses will involve free English and Maths assessments to those who have not already obtained a C or above at GCSE. The courses themselves are led in small groups by supportive and experienced tutors, and will always be fun and engaging!

 

The group have spent the past few weeks creating beautiful jewellery and Christmas decorations in preparation for the St Johns Christmas Fair, this was held in St Johns Chapel alongside the seasonal Bath Christmas Market, so they were not pushed for custom. The products themselves have been made from wire and beads, and show a creative flair and attention to detail.

 

(some of the jewellery created by the group)

 

During the fair the students manned their own stall, engaging directly with customers and selling their own products. This was great people facing and customer service experience, and each student was professional and friendly. One of the students, Martin stated that the day was ‘Really successful and the group really enjoyed it and did really well’, I think we can agree with Martin, as the group nearly sold all their products!

 

(A photo by Heather)

 

Heather, another student took her camera along to take photos of the fair and products, Heather was extremely proud of everything the group has created and said ‘I decided to take my camera along to take photos to show how well we did and how good our crafts were.’.

 

(A Photo by Heather)

 

Overall the day was a great success, and we are so glad to see all the hard work our Adult Community Learning students put in pay off. We hope all the students had a good day and we wish them all the best for the future!

 

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