On Thursday 16th February, City Year UK’s Unity team met with Councillor Sean Anstee, Leader of Trafford Council and Conservative party candidate for the Mayor of Greater Manchester.
The team of 6 volunteers, supported by their Impact Officer, Hollie Walsh have been supporting students at Cedar Mount Academy in Gorton since January 2017. Sean visited the school to observe how the team of full time volunteers work with pupils on a day to day basis to achieve their full potential.
Firstly, Sean met with Dipesh and Caroline to meet and greet students at the gate; this is an important part of the day for City Year staff as it gets pupils off to a positive start and creates a warm, supportive environment. Shannon and Theresa run the Breakfast Club in the Bistro and Sean watched on while the girls delivered a range of fun, educational activities such as word games and card games to support literacy and numeracy skills. Alongside the morning activities the team also create quiet spaces for students to complete homework or catch up and check in with their City Year UK mentor. Everyone knows a healthy breakfast boosts brainpower therefore the team encourage students to help themselves to the tasty treats on offer by the kitchen staff so they are ready to learn.
Finally, Sean ventured into the Music Club run by Romario and Natalie, here students unleash their creativity by composing electronic music using a range of computer programmes whilst practising for the upcoming ‘Gorton’s Got Talent’ competition. The volunteers support students of all abilities to hone their composition and learn new skills.
Following a photo opportunity and a Q & A session, a reporter from the Manchester Evening News interviewed Sean for a piece in the paper. The City Year Team thoroughly enjoyed showcasing the positive work and the impact full time volunteering is having on the students and staff at Cedar Mount Academy!