College’s Diversity Day focuses on community cohesion

Huntingdonshire Regional College hosted its fifth and final Diversity Day of the 2015/16 calendar with a focus on the importance of community cohesion and the College’s role in community projects.

Emphasising the theme, the College welcomed guests from local charities, businesses and organisations to share their experience of how community-based initiatives benefit them and the local population.

HRC learners also showcased their involvement in such projects through work experience and enrichment activities.

Local rock band the Lavalamp Lighters, featuring guitarist and former HRC learner Jennifer Rose, provided musical entertainment at the event.

Jennifer said: “I had a brilliant time when I was at the College and it’s really nice to come back here today.”

After leaving HRC seven years ago, Jennifer has become an advocate for people with special educational needs and works for the Phoenix School Youth Club and the Circles Network, a charity that helps to build inclusive communities.

Deputy Mayor of Godmanchester, Peter Morgan, and Chairman of Godmanchester in Bloom, John Thackeray, visited HRC’s Engineering department as part of the event.

They saw replacement pavement channels made by learners that will be used to help prevent flooding in the Godmanchester area.

Mr Thackeray said: “The learners have risen to the challenge that we set them. They are helping us and we are helping them.”

Engineering tutor, Robert Riordan, added: “It’s meaningful and constructive for learners to be working on community projects.”

Jeremy Lloyd, Director of Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare, commented: “The energy of our current and past learners to make these significant impacts on their local community is evident.

“Our study programmes and Apprenticeships provide the skills for all HRC learners to have a very positive influence in our area and region.”

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Pictured: (left) Former HRC learner Jennifer Rose and (right) members of the Godmanchester in Bloom committee meet HRC Engineering staff.

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