Sixth Form students have joined together to collect donations for Leeds North and Leeds West Foodbanks. The campaign came about after a member of staff’s friend, Karen Burgon, who volunteers with the organisation, asked if we could help. As a school with a large number of students and staff, we could make a huge difference by supporting a drive for donations.
Karen attended assemblies in November to speak to Sixth Form students about the struggles she sees people face, every single day. The talk inspired our students to take action and was a catalyst in launching the project.
With the Government’s recent introduction of the new benefit system, Universal Credit, many people are facing a delay, in receiving financial help, of up to 6 weeks. Because of this, foodbanks have seen a huge increase in people accessing their help, so much so, they often have nothing left to offer.
Students in Year 12 and 13, led by Progress and Welfare Coach, Ms Niles, have been gathering donations of everyday groceries and toiletries to help individuals and families who have fallen upon hard times.
It is hoped our donations will go some way to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Allerton Grange School and Sixth Form will deliver further projects throughout the year, echoing our values which include ‘developing active citizens within our school community and beyond’.