The Charity Committee have been helping to pack shoeboxes full of biros, notepads, hair clips, and toys ready to send to countries in Africa and this year some will go to children in refugee camps as well. Year 7 filled 42 boxes in all and they were collected by Father David from the Romford Evangelical Church. The boxes then continue their journey in a large container lorry and are taken to the areas where children are in poverty and crisis. The girls at Frances Bardsley Academy always support this charity and this year the boxes were brimming with wonderful donations to brighten a child's christmas. The Samaritans Purse send their thanks to the school for another successful year.
Havering Councillor Viddy Persaud, Chair of the Audit Committee and Havering Council Champion of the Voluntary Sector, visited the Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls to share her leadership story with FBA Autism Ambassadors - members of the FBA Autism & Disabilities Club. The lecture was part of a series of events for the Leadership Development and Autism Volunteering course. Councillor Persaud talked about her business career in the London Borough of Havering, leading the award winning Adecco organisation. ‘Councillor Persaud was truly inspirational,’ said Sixth Form student Faye Musk who attended the lecture with fellow Autism Ambassadors.
Mr. Ade Ogunleye, Founder of the RIEES Autism Club based at Romford Baptist Church also attended the lecture. The girls are volunteering with the club and they will be supporting young people with autism in the 14-25 age range. The FBA Autism Ambassadors are also members of the #IWill Campaign on Social Action, spearheaded by the Step Up To Serve Charity.
FBA Autism & Disabilities Club is sharing their pledge of support to #iwill, the national campaign promoting youth social action
The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls is celebrating #iwill week, marking the 2nd anniversary of the #iwill campaign for youth social action. The FBA Autism & Disabilities Club pledged last year to support this growing movement that aims to make involvement in social action part of life for more 10-20 year-olds around the UK. Youth social action is defined as ‘young people taking practical action in the service of others to create positive change’ and includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering.
Since pledging to the #iwill campaign, the FBA Autism & Disabilities Club has successfully organized the Havering Autism Sunday Service at St. Alban’s Church in Romford. This is now a key event in the London Borough of Havering. The Club also organized the historic Autism Sunday Art Exhibition and the Pilgrimage Painting. Havering Magazine, the official magazine for the borough recently featured the Pilgrimage Painting and the work of the FBA Autism & Disabilities Club. Recently at a full Council meeting held at the Havering Town Hall, councilors paid a moving tribute to the work of our FBA Autism Ambassadors. The FBA Autism & Disabilities Club is looking to build on this by working closely with the RIEES Autism Club based at Romford Baptist Church.
2015 Cabinet Office research produced compelling evidence that young people who take part in social action develop key character and employability skills. It follows on from this that involvement creates a double-benefit, strengthening communities and enhancing the skills of young participants.
Charlotte Hill, CEO of the charity running the #iwill campaign says: “We are delighted that the Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls Autism & Disabilities Club has pledged to support our work, and is sharing their progress during #iwill week to inspire others to take part also. If we are to make involvement in social action the norm for 10-20 year-olds we need partners to commit to tangible actions just as they are doing. The involvement of the FBA Autism Ambassadors of the Autism & Disabilities Club will undoubtedly help us progress towards our goal.’
Working with business, education and voluntary sector partners, the campaign aims to ensure that all young people can access social action opportunities, whatever their background. The #iwill goal is to raise by 50% the number of 10-20 year-olds taking part in social action by 2020, which will mean an additional 1.5 million young people will be active in their communities.
The campaign is an independent initiative that has cross-party support and backing from across a range of sectors, notably business, education and the voluntary sector. The campaign is coordinated by the charity Step Up To Serve. #iwill was launched in November 2013 by HRH The Prince of Wales and the leaders of the three main political parties in Westminster at the time. HRH is Patron of Step Up To Serve and the #iwill campaign, with organisations across UK society represented on an Advisory Board.
Maddie Biggs Year 8 and Georgia Griffin Year 11 of Frances Bardsley Academy were both successful at the recent Essex County Football Trials.
Georgia has been selected for 2015/16 Essex County Schools FA Girls Under 16s representative side and Maddie for the Under 14s.
Around one hundred Essex-based individuals were involved from school years eight to eleven, from whom the squads were assembled. The first test for both teams will be a home South-East England Schools FA Competition (SEESFA) match against Hertfordshire on Saturday 14th November
Jessica Mitchell Year 10 won the Havering Cross Country Championships. She will now go forward to represent Havering at the Essex Schools Championships
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