The Pathway to Social Care group and their Learner Development Worker Maureen Thompson have been working with the Student Association to raise funds for disadvantaged young males with their ‘Fair Futures for All’ campaign.
The class collected good quality, new and used clothing and donated it to young offenders on their release, aiding them to make a fresh start. The concept behind the campaign was to give individuals dignity by providing them with essential items they need on release. The class also hoped that this would allow them to make a fresh start and pursue new opportunities especially in regards to developing new skills.
The class also hoped that the gesture would highlight that the College is not just an educational institution; it is a support network, a family and a community – things which are vital in supporting young offenders to turn their life around.
The group also raised a further £234.40 for the cause by working working hard to organise a tombola, football cards, guess the teddies birthday and a jewellery stall on the Falkirk Campus.
Thanks to the support of staff and students for supporting the group in their activities.
From the success of the enterprise, the prison has now received the money and will be keeping the group up-to-date with how it is utilised. The group has also strengthened the links between the College and the prison and we hope to coordinate a similar event next term to continue to support the young offenders to make a fresh start in life.