Students Praised For Community Initiative

Date: December 17th 2019

Community focused Darwen Aldridge Community Academy students have been congratulated in the local media for being  the first to participate in a new initiative on the change they want to see in the town.

Switch IT is a joint partnership between the academy and Blackburn Youth Zone allowing young people of all backgrounds to work together and improve their community.

Students were tasked to explore how to establish community integration in Blackburn with Darwen through social action or social enterprise.

The first team of students, Thomas Holmes, Freya Richardson, Jentai Scales, Tiana German and Alyssa Holme) worked on providing hygiene packs to the homeless.

While the second team, with students Declan Donlin, Jacob Brownlee, Levi Lang, Ella Rose Wiltshire, and William Towler worked to give vulnerable children a festive party at Ashworth Nursery School in Blackburn.

Michelle Billington, Switch IT Project Directorat DACA said: “By taking part in Switch IT we want young people to begin to understand that even small acts can make positive changes and that they can do this themselves.”

Principal, Lisa Dolan said: “Participating in Switch IT has enabled our students to develop their employability skills and cultural awareness, they have shown they are thoughtful, caring and active citizens both in school and in the local community.

Picture and quotes courtesy of the Lancashire Telegraph

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