Kind-hearted students at City of Wolverhampton College have been getting hands-on and sprucing up a property in Oakengates, Telford to get it ready to house a family in need.
A group of 60 students, who are studying for diplomas in public services at the college’s Wellington Road campus, have worked on the three-bedroom property throughout the week, stripping wallpaper, sanding skirting boards and door frames, painting walls and applying undercoat and gloss paint to woodwork.
The project links to the students’ course modules on good citizenship and improving the local community, as well as giving them the opportunity to do work experience and extend their learning by gaining a range of additional practical skills.
Tutor Richard Jones said: “The project has fostered active citizenship and shown the students how their efforts can make a difference to the lives of local people, which as future public servants, will be the focus of their careers.”
Cabinet Member for Stronger and Safer Communities, Councillor Paul Watling (labour) said: “Telford & Wrekin Council is delighted to be working with City of Wolverhampton College and its students.
“As a cooperative council we are always looking to find effective ways to work with partners and deliver benefits for residents.
“In this case we are able to provide practical experience for students while also creating a home for vulnerable families in a cost-effective way
“We wish the students every success in the future and thank them for being such willing volunteers.”
Get details of public services courses offered by the college here
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