A News story by Radhika Sharma 5 November 2021

On Monday 1 November, all staff across E-ACT were given the opportunity to volunteer with a local charity or community group of their choice. Keeping very much in line with E-ACT’s value of doing the right thing, we were delighted to hear all the wonderful stories about community support across the trust.

Below are just a few stories of our staff, their volunteering opportunities and the charities and causes they helped on National INSET Day:

Staff at E-ACT Badock’s Wood Academy and E-ACT Perry Court Academy volunteered for the popular BBC TV show DIY SOS – the big build, as it renovated Southmead Adventure Playground in Bristol. This was a significant project as currently young children within Southmead are without a play area of this size. The volunteers were involved in laying the flooring, gardening, painting and assembling outdoor play equipment.

Staff at E-ACT Blackley Academy created 60 high tea boxes and delivered them to local residents that had been nominated to receive a gift. These included 25 boxes for residents of Oak Bank Care Home in Manchester.

Errol Comrie, Headteacher at E-ACT City Heights Academy volunteered at his local Oxfam shop and describes giving back to the local community as boosting your self-confidence, esteem and life satisfaction. Jack Davies, Deputy Headteacher at E-ACT City Heights Academy visited a local refugee centre and donated unwanted goods from his neighbours.

Radhika from our communications team volunteered for WONDER Foundation in Brixton – a woman-led charity with a mission to empower women and girls through access to quality education.

E-ACT Parker Academy staff and pupils joined forces to organise a wellbeing afternoon tea for the local community. This was a way of thanking members of the community who have supported the academy during the last 18 months.

Staff at E-ACT Royton & Crompton Academy visited the local Salvation Army homeless shelter with four boxes of food and bags full of clothing, shoes and blankets. Staff at E-ACT Denham Green Academy also ran a food bank service with donations from parents and invited visitors to join them for cake and hot drinks.

Staff at E-ACT Crest Academy invited members of the local community to the academy for breakfast and then staff and community members embarked on a gardening project to clean up green spaces as well as litter picking.

We also had numerous academies who had organised full day community activities, including staff litter picking, cake sales, local gardening projects and food bank collections. We’d like to say a huge well done to all staff who took part in any volunteering activities on the day, as our local communities have hugely benefited from your generosity.