FE and 6th Form ceremony - 23 April 2010

FE and Sixth Form Colleges, Ceremony date: 23 April 2010

Birkenhead Sixth Form College: Jake Dwyer

Jake is a tremendous role model for young people and sets a great example to all of those he comes into contact with.
He gives much time to voluntary activities having just achieved the Queen’s Medal in the Boys Brigade which necessitated a high level of voluntary work.   Jake worked in schools, and also through the church with both elderly people and younger members of the Boys Brigade.

Jake is also completing his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award which requires voluntary work to support the service element. Jake is in the second year of the Childcare Diploma – a male in a female world, and is doing a fantastic job of promoting childcare as a positive career decision for males.

Jake is very modest about his achievements, but the college staff are very proud of him and delighted to nominate him for this award.

Carmel College: Liam Goulding

Liam has entered fully into the spirit and life of the College, regularly assisting at College events.  His major contribution has been in taking a leading role in the Justice & Peace Group, where he has done awareness-raising on breast cancer and has spearheaded the College award of Fairtrade status.   He is a member of the Student Council, he is charities co-ordinator and student governor.   During the summer he spent time in Ghana helping to build a school.

Knowsley Community College: Gillian Verdin

Gillian is a second year BTEC cadet who works within the NHS on a placement 2 days a week and is trying to improve her fitness so that she can apply for a Paramedic course.

Gillian has secured a place on a trip to Africa organised by the NHS Academy who are partners for the cadet course with Knowsley College.   She will travel to Jinja, Uganda in September for 11 days.  Whilst there, Gillian will be living in a children’s orphanage whilst visiting other orphanages, villages, hospitals etc.   This will give her a chance to develop her knowledge of a third world country whilst comparing differences in the health sector between countries.

Gillian has to raise £1000 to complete the trip which she will do through fundraising such as sponsored walks, bag packing  and sponsorship.   She has already secured a donation of over 100 teddy bears for her to give to the children in the orphanage.

Gillian is a pleasant student who is always conscientious and hard working.  She has excellent attendance and punctuality and was a unanimous choice by staff for this award.

Liverpool Community College: Adam Sullivan

Adam is an active member of Liverpool Community College’s Enrichment student volunteering programme and has volunteered his time to a range of different volunteering and fundraising activities and projects.  This has included a charity sponsored walk up Snowdon in aid of Cancer Research, various conservation volunteering events including a residential in association with the BTCV assisting to update and refurbish an outdoor activity centre on the Wirral and running a pool tournament in aid of children in need.  Adam is also heavily involved in student voice and student involvement, he is a student rep for his tutor group where his duties include attending rep training and meetings and collecting ideas and issues from students and feeding these back.  Adam has also recently joined the Student Union as a campaigns officer.

Adam puts a considerable amount of time into his commitment to volunteering and has just completed his V50 award for completing 50 volunteer hours.
Within each of the many roles Adam has taken on within the college, throughout all of his time volunteering and within college life in general, Adam shows dedication, passion, enthusiasm and considerable maturity beyond his years.  Adam’s attitude to student involvement and volunteering is infectious and he is continually helping to recruit more students to the cause.  He is a credit to himself and of course to Liverpool Community College.

Adam’s volunteering extends outside college.  After he completed work experience at Liverpool John Moores University Adam started volunteering at IM Marsh Campus on Fridays and Saturdays helping to coach football and swimming to under 10’s.  Adam is also part of a local football team and helps to train the 8-12 year old squad.  Adam is a member of Dingle community learning programme, were he helps to organise community events and attend event meetings.  Through this, Adam was part of a team that made a film with Soapbox films about the activities in the area for children and improvements to be made.

Adam is always willing to volunteer for any event or project for the benefit of others and thoroughly deserves recognition for the work he has done and is continuing to do.   When asked about what drives his involvement in voluntary work Adam says simply, “I like to give something back”. He is a humble student who behaves with enthusiasm and integrity.  He has been an integral component in the creation of a spirit of belonging to the college for all of his classmates and the wider student population that he is involved with in his various voluntary roles. Adam deserves recognition for his contribution to the college and the wider community to date.   Students like Adam will undoubtedly lead us all into a brighter tomorrow

Riverside College: Kristian Whitfield

Kristian is a student who has flourished at the college.  He has coped with extremely difficult home conditions and has matured into a most reliable and responsible young person. His attendance has been excellent.

He is highly regarded by staff at the College and is a joy to teach. Kristian is currently enrolled on the BND IT Practitioners course and his tutors attest that he is a valuable member of the class, showing a great deal of commitment and enthusiasm. In addition, he selflessly supports and works with others in voluntary activities, for example in fundraising for Comic Relief. Kristian can always be relied on to volunteer for activities within the college and as such he is an active Student Ambassador helping out at Open Evenings and College functions and also helps by sitting on interview panels when the College is recruiting new staff.  Furthermore, as the Student Representative for his cohort, he has put forward mature and responsible ideas and attended all meetings.  Kristian also volunteered to represent the college at our recent Ofsted inspection and met with inspectors and is also a valued and active member of the Student Council.

Kristian is a student who deserves recognition for his determination and dedication in helping make the college community a more inclusive and student centred environment.

St Helens College: Jess Furlong and Joanne Edwards

Jess has previously been awarded the LJMU Good Citizenship Award whilst at school and has recently completed 500 hours of volunteering with Youth for Volunteering, including South District St Helens Guiding Association.

Joanne has completed 100 hours volunteering with Youth for Volunteering and 200 hours with Millennium Volunteers.   She has volunteered at Haydock High School teaching trampolining and archery every Saturday and also assists at holiday clubs.

Southport College: Joe Kennedy

A car crashed into a house, a gas pipe burst open and the electric box was ripped out.  As Joe looked on, he realised that the house was about to catch alight.   He ran in and saved the grandma and her 4 year old child from an upstairs room before the house caught fire.

Wirral Metropolitan College: Jacob Rodgers

Jacob has spent a lot of his own time (approximately 20 days per academic year) volunteering to work in college with both disabled and non-disabled learners on team tasks.  Whilst doing this, he has shown great skill and aptitude in his ability to motivate and encourage them to get involved with the various team tasks and challenges that have been set.  He is sensitive to each individual’s circumstances and needs and really gets the best out of them.  The feedback from learners who have worked with him is always very positive.  They say “he’s friendly, but doesn’t stand any messing around”, in a peer to peer situation, this is quite a skill.  He is a very reliable young man who always arrives punctually for activities to which he has committed. 

As well as attending a full time level 3 college course (Wednesday to Friday), completing assignments and practical tasks such as mountain biking and navigation, and volunteering to come in to college on his days off, Jacob works as a play worker with Wirral Play Council Special Needs Group in Birkenhead.  The WPC offers evening and holiday schemes for children with a wide range of specific disabilities and difficulties. Jacob works with children whose difficulties include Asperger’s Syndrome, autism, moderate and severe learning difficulties, mobility and other physical difficulties, sensory impairments, etc.

Jacob spent several months volunteering on the group before being taken onto the staff, on the basis of his ability, enthusiasm, sensitivity to the young peoples’ needs, and his reliability.  He attends there as part of a team at least two evenings a week plus Saturday mornings and full time in the main school holidays when the unit runs continuous daytime schemes.

His specific role as a play worker involves planning, running and supervising activities with the children, either on a one-to-one basis for the most vulnerable children, or in a group.  His role involves working both at the centre in Berner Street and off-site on trips to local attractions such as, Birkenhead Park and Tam ‘o’ Shanter Farm.
Whilst in college, Jacob is always a happy and positive person who works to the best of his ability.  He always has a smile on his face.  He is currently in the final stages of a two year course and will complete this in July 2010.

We will miss him next year when he isn’t here to volunteer for our enrichment activities, but we can take comfort in the knowledge that somewhere on the Wirral, or maybe further afield, Jacob will be motivating and encouraging young people to achieve the best that they possibly can.

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