Community engagement workshops help students get on the right track
Published by Rob Ghosh for Hanover Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities, Education
Springboard students recieve community engagement awards
A year 11 student was celebrating today after being presented with a community engagement award by Hanover Housing Association and Springboard Bromley.
16 year old Joe Couchman joined Springboard Bromley last September after struggling to make the grade at Cooper Technology School in Chislehurst.
Since joining the alternative education programme last September, Joe has moved in leaps and bounds in an attempt to improve his grades whilst adjusting to Springboard’s new curriculum and its unique approach to learning whilst empowering students.
As part of the course, Springboard in partnership with Hanover, arranged for a selection of year 11 students to meet with residents at Hanover’s Crown Meadow Court and exchange thoughts and ideas at a special reminiscence workshop held at the Extra Care housing estate earlier in the year.
Joe Couchman said: “I really enjoyed meeting the residents, they have a great sense of humour and life stories I can only dream of.”
“I met a lady who lived during the blitz and had experienced extreme hardship during the war; in addition to spending time dodging bombs she raised her younger brother.”
Former film projectionist 93 year old Anne Keeping said: “The Pupils were really nice to me and very considerate to the other residents.
“Their lives are very different these days and they have greater challenges than we ever faced. I really admire them for doing their best to make something out of themselves.”
Although Joe and his fellow pupils are now on holiday, he is not standing still and is aiming for a college place to pursue his dream job as a film director. He added: “There is still a long way to go but I feel that I can do it.”
James Randolf Tutor, Springboard Bromley said: “It was a privilege to work with Hanover Housing Association and the great team at Crown Meadow Court, who always made us feel welcome, and to all of the residents who made us feel at home.”
“The project is a great idea to help bring different generations together in a fun and unique way. For learners like Joe the project has really helped to improve their confidence.”