Hereward College News

Thursday, 28 March 2013

A Smashing News for Hereward College with a Funding Boost from Charity Lottery

The students at Hereward College and wider community are celebrating with a funding boost thanks to players of a charity lottery.

Hereward College was awarded £5,654 by People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity, funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The money has been used to install new outdoor tennis nets and posts, and to buy indoor short tennis nets and rackets for the College to support both students and the local community to play more sport. This is part of an on-going investment programme at the College to increase sporting opportunities and encourage more community use of the site.

Andy Commander, Hereward’s Curriculum Head said;
“We are absolutely thrilled over by the generosity of the People’s Postcode Trust, and of course the ticket-buying public. We are delighted to be installing in more high quality equipment at Hereward. This adds to a huge list of recent investment at the College to broaden opportunities for students and the local community.”

People’s Postcode Lottery is Britain’s charity lottery. Players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for good causes. As a charity lottery, £2 from every monthly lottery ticket charities and community initiatives across England, Scotland and Wales, including People’s Postcode Trust. People’s Postcode Lottery believes in supporting local communities so the money raised by players in each country, stays in that country.
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Friday, 22 March 2013

Students from Hereward step up to the Challenge and set their sights on national award success

A team of 18 to 19 year olds from Coventry is in the running for a prestigious national award after impressing judges in the first round of the Lloyds TSB Money for Life Challenge, a competition designed to inspire better money management skills.

The team of students from Hereward College, a residential and day student college catering for those with disabilities, is now gearing up to go to the English final at the Tower of London on 18 April 2013 where they will showcase their Money for Life Challenge project called Savvy Savers. Since becoming one of 250 projects in the UK to receive a £500 grant in December, the young people have put their project into action as money saving experts by re-launching a credit union collection point within the college to help students save money and learn about the benefits of doing so. The group realised that a lot of college attendees were not in control of their own finances and did not save money in any form, so as well as the credit collection point they set up money management workshops for those with more complex learning disabilities and their carers. The workshops helped students and carers understand the benefits of saving money and the team created a range of resources designed to make saving money a lot easier.

Martin Berisford, 19, from Savvy Savers says: “As someone with autism and anxiety disorders, this project was a test of how far I have come in the last few years. I have proved to myself that I do have the skills to go forward in life to become ‘employable’. The most important part for me was seeing people around the college and community enjoying our workshops.”

Savvy Savers will be joining a shortlist of five England teams whose inspiring money management projects are having a positive impact on their local communities and friends.

The team’s sponsor, Ingrid Terry a Business Facilitator at Hereward College says: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for our students to develop new and exciting skills in communication and team work.  Leadership, drive and motivation by the Project Leader has been highly commendable. As the main aim and progression of our students is ‘employment’, the skills demonstrated within this project demonstrate employability.”

On the day of the English final of the Money for Life Challenge, the lucky teams will present their projects to a panel of judges and the winning team will then go on to the UK Grand Final in London on 23 May. If Savvy Savers is crowned national winner they will also receive £1,000 to donate to a charity of their choice and £50 shopping vouchers for each team member.

Sarah Porretta, Head of the Money for Life Programme at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “The Money for Life Challenge is a great way of empowering young people to manage their money well through supporting others with the exact same skills. Now in its second year, the calibre of the projects never ceases to impress and what’s most striking is the creativity and passion shown by the young people in bringing their original idea to life to make a real difference in their communities.

“We look forward to hearing all about Savvy Savers project at the England final and wish them all the best of luck.”

The winning team at the Grand Final on 23 May will win £2,500 for a charity of their choice, £100 of shopping vouchers for each member and a Lloyds Banking Group mentor. There will also be an overall People’s Prize winner selected by guests at the event.

Money for Life Challenge is part of the Money for Life programme, a unique partnership between Lloyds Banking Group and further education sector partners in the four nations of the UK, including The National Skills Academy for Financial Services and Toynbee Hall in England. The competition aims to find the most successful and innovative ways to improve the money management skills of learners, their friends, families and communities. Team members are between 16 and 24 years old and in further education, work based learning or adult community learning.

The additional England finalists are: Bella’s Budget Boutique, an online guide to become fashion savvy; Culture on a Shoestring, an online magazine for Lancashire communities to find free or low cost cultural activities to do in their area; and, Ignite, a guide to promoting money management to young musicians and Act on Money, who devised a theatre play to address money management issues amongst the homeless community.

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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Hereward College Enjoy Day at St.Georges Park

Students from Hereward College in Coventry enjoyed an inspirational day at St George’s Park last week as they became the 100th College to sign up to Team 19 – the national college football programme now taking place in over a third of colleges in England.

To celebrate this impressive milestone, Hereward travelled to the new home of English Football and kicked off the day with a tour of the brand new facilities. This included the immaculate Wembley replica pitch, the full-sized indoor 3G pitch, the boot room where they learned that Steven Gerrard still cleans his own boots.
After refuelling in one of the four purpose built pitch side pavilions, students made their way to the David Beckham pitch where they were given the opportunity to quiz our esteemed panel: Karl Lines (CEO ECFA), Brian Goodwin (National Football Development Project Manager), and Alison and Ryan (Team 19 National Student Management Team members) about life working in football.

After this came the most anticipated part of the day – playing football at St George’s Park! Supported by our student volunteers, Ryan and Alison, Karl Lines lead the session where students showed off their skills.

During a much needed break from playing, Hereward were presented with a plaque to mark the celebration as well as a wall banner to display at their college.

College Prinipal, Sheila Fleming, was there to accept the award and commented : “All the students, and staff, really enjoyed the day and were very enthusiastic about playing football and enjoying the facilities. At times I thought I would struggle to get everyone off the pitch to go home!
"I would also say the Team 19 staff were also very committed and enthusiastic about the visit and were really keen to celebrate Hereward being the 100th college to join such a great project.”

Head of Sport, Mark Harding added: “The day was an excellent opportunity for the students of Hereward College to experience the brand new FA facility.
"Team 19 has allowed Football at Hereward to expand and develop, and following this amazing trip we hope the numbers taking part in Football will increase further at the college.
"During the day, our students were also able to quiz staff members at St George's Park and hopefully consider routes into Sport for themselves after College life.”

On the back of the trip, the college are hoping to set up a Student Management Team to run the league with support from staff.
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Students from Hereward College talk about Chair4Life

Chair for Life is a new wheelchair designed for young people. The chair, has a seat which goes up and down, enabling disabled children to be at the same height as their friends.

The Renfrew Group who specialise in motorbikes were asked by the NHS to come up with the design prototype which is hoped to go into full production.

The design firm from Leicester, which has worked on Rolls Royce, Aston Martin and Triumph motorbikes has recently unviled their latest creation at Hereward College where students have advised the designers about the chair design and functionality.

Some comments from students were:

"Sometimes I don't get noticed and I have to shout really loud in order to get people's attention. With this chair, because the seat goes up and down, it's an advantage."

"You're at the same hight with other people so you don't feel intimidated by people standing over you."
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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Employers to engage students at Herewad’s Celebration Brunch

Hereward College will be organising its annual employability event on 13 March 2013 with the purpose of creating and nurturing business relationships between its students and regional employers.
After very successful events in previous years, Business Studies students have decided to take leadership this year and organise the “Hereward Celebration Brunch” where several businesses will be networking with students and presenting employment opportunities. 

Katy Saunders, a business student at Hereward and one of the organisers of the event, said: "We are excited to prepare and hold this event again. We have been organising it and working towards this date since September and have really enjoyed the preparation and are looking forward to sharing our work and successes with local business, it should be a great morning for all".

The event will allow learners to have access to a selection of career paths in different industry sectors and to encourage greater employer engagement with the college students in the future by showing visitors to the college what Hereward has to offer.

Organisations will get the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of employing people with disabilities. Ex-students from Hereward College have been invited to talk about the success they’ve enjoyed in their career once finishing college and the impact that Hereward has had in their lives. This will not only allow employers to see the potential of Hereward’s students but also to provide inspiration to current students.

The event is connected with the college’s strategic objective to develop links with industry and local employers in order in order to generate more external work placements and work experience opportunities for its students.

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Hereward Celebrates the National Careers Week

National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and opportunities across the UK from 4th - 8th March 2013. The event is run annually in order to encourage education providers to bring together students, career advisers and local employers and provide careers activities.

Students from Hereward will be provided with resources to plan for, find, and pursue employment during the week as the College is aiming to equip it students with the skills and confidence they need to build enduring careers and realise their full potential. 

Hereward will be supported throughout the week by The Employment Support Service (TESS), a service which helps disabled people in obtaining suitable employment and also assists local employers who are willing to provide disabled people with the opportunity to work.

Remploy Recruitment has partnered with Hereward College during the Careers Week and will talk to students about how they can support them in gaining employment once they finish college. The organisation supports people with disabilities to find sustainable employment, in a wide range of roles with mainstream employers. It works closely with local employers in order to make sure that the abilities that employers are looking for are in-line with what disabled people can offer.

Paul Sykes, Development Manager at Remploy said: “We will visit Hereward College to meet with some students and give them a greater idea of Remploy and the ongoing support we offer to help people find and retain sustainable employment. It is great to see Hereward College recognises the importance of employability skills and hopefully this is the start of a closer relationship between Hereward and Remploy”.
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops organised by the college’s Employability and Careers Unit and HR Department, where they will receive CV building and Interview Tips. 

Tilly Absalom, Employability Skills Developer at Hereward College said: Hereward College is proud to have developed strong links with local organisations which in turns allows our students to engage and aspire to a variety of jobs in the workplace.”

According to the Labour Force Survey[1], disabled people remain significantly less likely to be in employment than non-disabled people The College will be working with local businesses over the next couple of months to demonstrate how students with disabilities can be as effective as non-disabled in employment when given the right opportunity. Students from Hereward will also be organising a brunch networking event with local employers on 13th March, focussing on their achievements and how that relates to them becoming more employable. On May 22nd another event will take place where any business who may wish to attend can come along and learn about the myths behind disabilities and hear from large and small organisations that have taken on disabled people and how it has empowered their business.


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