Lydiard Park Academy’s Sixth Form Community Ambassadors are celebrating the success of their first project involving local residents.
Five sixth formers, Nathan Ellmer, Naeema Miah, Caleb Guppy, Anju Budha and Adam Talbot organised entertainment and served Christmas dinner at Toothill Community Lunch Club on 17 December.
When Gail Light, West Swindon’s Localities Facilitator, approached LPA for volunteers to help at the club’s seasonal event – something LPA and formerly Greendown students have done for a number of years – she invited the ambassadors to take the project on as their own.
17-year-old Nathan Ellmer said: “We jumped at the opportunity. As community ambassadors, we want to actually have an effect and make a difference. The project was just right for us to get started.”
Year 12 student and project manager Naeema Miah said: “For this project, we were asked to design tickets and posters, organise all the activities and entertainment for the afternoon, and co-ordinate a team of volunteers from our school which include some Year 8 students.”
One of the most important jobs of the volunteers was to chat with club members and provide them with a memorable experience at a time of year which can be very difficult for some people.
Sixth former Caleb Guppy said: “We planned an exciting range of activities for the afternoon. Along with the ever-popular bingo and the must-have raffle, we also planned a Christmas quiz.”
Anju Budha, founder member of LPA Sixth Form Community Ambassadors, said: “All the wonderful prizes for the activities were donated by students and staff at school. We ran an assembly for our sixth form to tell them about our project and asked for their support with prizes.”
DJ and presenter of LPA Radio, Adam Talbot, 17, organised the entertainment for the afternoon. After their hard work, the sixth formers were rewarded with their own party when they were invited to have lunch at Macdonald’s, compliments of Swindon franchisee Carl Room.
Throughout the year ahead, LPA’s ambassadors will be involving themselves in other projects.
Their brief is to encourage other sixth formers to participate in projects, to build relationships and work together with other ambassadors across the school, as well as with members of the wider community.