On 30th November, the KS4 Enterprise students travelled to Aylesbury to undertake voluntary work in the warehouse of local hospice charity, Helen & Douglas House. The students spent the morning packing up hundreds of Santa suits for adults, children and even dogs who were entered in the 2017 ‘Santas on the Run’ fundraising event. Once they had packed suits and fundraising information in the postal bags, each bag needed the correct address label and a franking label for postage.
Commenting on the morning, learner Amelia said: “Helping Helen & Douglas House was a life changing experience. It showed me that it’s good to help people and it made me feel good to know that what I was doing was going to help someone raise money for the charity.”
Hannah Smart, Event Fundraiser for Helen & Douglas House, said: "We are extremely grateful to the students for helping us this year. Volunteering time is such a crucial part of making our events happen. Helen & Douglas House run a club for siblings of patients, so that children facing the future without their brother or sister can come together play and discuss their feelings with others experiencing the same thing. The time LVS Oxford's learners gave as volunteers saved us the equivalent of a day's funding for the sibling club”.
Many of the tasks the students undertake will help build competencies in citizenship, relating to others, managing situations and working as part of a team - all key to being fulfilled and employable adults.