Community Links: How Bede’s Is Giving Back
The Community Links group working with Blind Veterans UK.
The Bede's Community Links group currently involves 22 students and has been running for 6 years.
The activity sees students volunteering during their Co-Curricular time, in evenings and at weekends to help the local community, charitable organisations and other schools throughout Sussex.
Bede's pupils hosting reading lessons at Park Mead in 2013.
This academic year, students have visited and worked with inspiring organisations including Blind Veterans UK, Park Mead Primary School and Chailey Heritage, helping veterans, people in supported living and children to engage in usual activities, providing lessons and socialising.
We have been particularly lucky this year in being part of the celebrations for Blind Veterans UK's 100 year anniversary, organising a number of events with this incredible charity while also making new friendships.
At Chailey Heritage.
Elsewhere, Bede's students have been helping the children Park Mead with their Christmas play, Snow White and the 7 Elves, which was written, produced and directed by members of the Community Links group and came with musical accompaniment care of Bede's pupils too, with the help of Mrs Pendry.
Also at Park Mead, Community Links members have been helping to teach the children how to read, have been delivering French and Spanish lessons, assisting with science classes, providing ICT and computing lessons and, through Mr Mills and Mrs Lambeth's 'Mini Enterprise' helping the pupils to launch their own small business.
The Christmas play at Park Mead Primary School.
I think I speak for the whole group in saying that we are very grateful to have access to the Community Links activity and the opportunities it provides, and we look forward to taking part in further events this year.
Indeed, with so much achieved between September and February, who knows what else we might have done by the end of the year!