Social action projects play a large part in our AQA Unlocking Potential programme. Despite ongoing restrictions throughout the year, once again the students taking part in this year's programme have delivered some incredible projects that have had a real impact on their local community. 

As the programme draws to an end, we wanted to share just a few of the projects some of the schools have put together.

Plumpton College

The students created a video to raise awareness around disability, highlighting that not all disabilities are the same and not all disabilities are visible. They also created a hash tag for anyone who would like to raise awareness of their disability or share information about what they know - #Disablityawarenessplumpton 

The video was created by Kieran and Cairo and as well as input from the students, it also features contributions from other athletes from the Trust who the students contacted to take part.

Sir Thomas Boughey Academy

Leon, Cassie, Paula and Nathaniel are working with a local community centre, helping to maintain the grounds and paint the clubhouse to make it a real hub for everyone in Halmerend. As well as making a big difference to the centre, the group wrote to local MP Aaron Bell who as you can see from the pictures, came down to visit the group and talk about the impact projects such as this can have on the local community. The school see this as the start of a long term collaboration with the Community Centre which is important, as having an ongoing positive impact is a key component of youth social action.

 

It was also great to have former Year 11 pupils Declan Adkins and Emilie Horne attend the day. Declan and Emilie both attended the AQA Unlocking Potential programme last year but because of COVID restrictions were unable to work on a social action project in person.

West Exe School

Four students from West Exe School Chloe, Milo, Zachary and Poppy also created a video, based around the Five Ways to Wellbeing. The students went out and took pictures and shot video of things that helped them to connect with others, take notice of their surroundings and to stay active. The video was shared in the school assembly with the hope was that it would encourage others to think about their wellbeing and provide support during difficult times:

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These three are just a snapshot oif what has been taking place. There have been lots of other great projects this year including:

  • Park Community School raising money to create a “safe place” for students in the school to share their troubles and speak openly and honestly.
  • Chessington School hosted a 'Cook Off' challenge to provide food for those who need it most as well as working with local charities to signpost further support beyond food donations.
  • iCollege held a five aside football tournament at Readong Football Club and charged entry for teams to raise funds for a local charity.

This year's programme comes to an end of the 6th July with our celebration events. Sadly we can't all get together in one venue to celebrate as a large group, but do look out on our social media channels to see how our students and athletes are celebrating the success of this year's programme!