Community Spirit Awards 2015: School link makes a huge difference

Halifax Courier Community Spirit Awards 2015 at Berties, Elland. Community School Award. From the left, host Clare Frisby with winners from Calderdale College and the Archway Project and sponsor Julius Nicholson from Suma Wholefoods.
Halifax Courier Community Spirit Awards 2015 at Berties, Elland. Community School Award. From the left, host Clare Frisby with winners from Calderdale College and the Archway Project and sponsor Julius Nicholson from Suma Wholefoods.

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This award goes to a school or college effectively engaging with its wider community and local causes.

And Calderdale College’s work with the Arch-Way project reflects the message of this award perfectly.

It’s a partnership which provides opportunities for the college’s students to engage and assist the local community through a range of projects.

Now up and running for more than a year, the collaboration aims to bring the community together, creating a sense of community spirit and providing real hands-on experience for students across Calderdale.

The Arch-Way Project is a hub for the community and the work carried out benefits all involved, with the youngest being a nine-year-old girl who is on the autistic spectrum up to a 97-year-old lady at risk of dementia, plus everyone inbetween.

The partnership embodies what this award category is all about and enables the college to engage with its community, creating a sense of belonging, community spirit and happiness.

John Rees, principal of Calderdale College, said: “It’s essential to get students involved in the community and this award means we are really making a difference in the community.”

Gary Flowitt, chief executive of the Arch-Way Project, added: “It’s a winner for us and a winner for the students, who even come in the holidays because they want to keep in touch.” Ravenscliffe High School was also nominated in this category.