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  • Writer's pictureBeth Nunn

Spreading Christmas Cheer with PIE

Community is one of our key PIE slices, and we truly believe that it runs through every bit of work that we do.

In 2020, it has felt more important than ever to not only support our own communities, but also ensure we are working with young people to allow them to give back, and learn the importance of community spirit. All of these activities have also allowed students the chance to develop project management, research and budgeting skills.

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind, but we are extremely proud of all of the work we have done with our various different partners to help ensure that we are able to offer

Reddish Vale High School

Funded by the Sector 3 #Keep Stockport Caring campaign, students from Reddish Vale used the money to create parcels, activities and care packages for elderly members of the community who were going to be alone this Christmas.

They put together:

- 20 care packages full of Christmas treats

- 40 presents including jigsaws, puzzles, activity books and games

- Wrapped 30 boxes of chocolates and biscuits

- Created 18 craft packs with different activities to complete at home

These have now been distributed via our friends at Re:Dish.

Unity Academy, Blackpool

Our Year 10 and Year 11 all girls cohorts at Unity spent time putting together 20 Family Treat Bags for members of their school community - these included things to wrap up for Christmas day, as well as sticker and story books, tasty treats, crackers and Christmas hats.

They also distributed Candy Cane treats to members of their year group bubbles, and ran a postcard campaign thanking teachers for their work and support this year.

Sharks Advantage project - Little Hulton, Salford and Moss Side, Manchester

Little Hulton - students put together care packages for families who are supported via the Little Hulton Big Local Food Bank. WIth a budget, they went shopping to put together different unique bags that would support families this Christmas with some 'little extras'. Altogether, 20 parcel were distributed to local families.

Moss Side - this all girls group planned out a Christmas parcel to distribute to young girls who are currently staying in hostels around Manchester. They put together 20 parcels which included lots of essentials, new reusable cloth face masks, and then treats including fluffy Christmas socks, chocolates and colouring books.

Walkden Academy, Salford

As part of the BUILD programme, students completed a community activity that involved putting together shoe boxes for specific young people, to be distributed along with food parcels this Christmas.

St Anne's, Stockport

Students completed a Random Act of Kindness campaign, which meant that every student in Year 10 (130 students) received a little treat on the last day of term.

In addition, through our partnership with Pretty Tough Things, and with support from the community in Stockport, we have helped to create over 300 Family Christmas Bags which have gone out to those who need them across Stockport.

Thank you so much to all our partners, funders and schools for their support in our community drive this Christmas.

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