Students from Beacon Hill Academy raised an amazing £400 for a charity supporting homeless people in nearby Wolverhampton. The students were taking part in the On Track to Achieve programme and were mentored by former BMX World Champion Kelvin Batey.

As part of the On Track to Achieve programme all students deliver a social action project on an issue that is important to them and benefits the local community. The students had been talking about homelessness and poverty as part of the programme so set out to raise funds to support a local charity, the Good Shepherd in Wolverhampton whose mission is to 'ensure the most disadvantaged and marginalised have the support and opportunities they need to achieve their full potential.'

The group held a number of fundraising activities including selling sweets, holding a raffle and organising a car wash at their school. The total raised exceeded their expectations and the group were invited along to the centre in Wolverhampton to see for themselves the difference the funds will make. They were told that £400 is enough to provide a hot meal for around 200 people when the kitchen fully reopens, it was great for the group to be able to see the impact the money they raised will have.

 

Kian, Jake, Jayden, Jaydon, Tiffany and Roxanne at The Good Shepherd

As well as visiting the centre to present the cheque, the group were shown around the centre and received a talk from Paul, one of the key workers at the centre, about the work they do. The money raised by the students will be spent to buy food which members of the local community can access and Paul explained the importance of this to the success of the project. When people come to eat, staff from the centre are able to have a chat with them and talk about the other support and services the centre can offer such as playing sport, going fishing and offering practical help with benefits and housing. 

As well as the social action project, the students worked closely with Kelvin on the programme to develop confidence and self belief as well as developing life skills. Kian was one of the students on the programme:

My attitude to school and learning has changed loads because of this programme, I won learner of the week recently. I'm more relaxed and calm now, my behaviour is better and my confidence has really improved. It's been really good working with Kelvin, hearing his stories and helping us with things like raising money for charity which has felt really good.

Find out more about the On Track to Achieve programme here and if you're interested in bring the programme to your school, please contact us at [email protected] to find out more.

We would like to say thank you to the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner for contributing funding that allowed us to run this programme.