Care Students' Charity and Health Campaign Work

Social Sciences & Care

On 8 December the AS Health and Social Care students delivered a health campaign in the student centre to educate peers. The campaign 'Drink Before You Think' saw hundreds of Itchen students participating in games and education quizzes on sexual health and alcohol awareness.

This campaign topic was chosen by the class and supports their current studies and future careers. We were also lucky to have three practitioners from Southampton Sexual Health Service and No Limits staff available to give professional advice to students.

Jackie Pointer from the Sexual Health Service reported, '[The students] did an amazing campaign they should all be very proud. The resources they created where really user friendly and informative.' 

In true Great British Bake Off style, staff and students of the Childcare courses baked cakes for a cake sale. On 15 December the childcare students had a fixed stall in the college centre, with small groups walking around college selling cakes. They raised just under £100 for Macmillan Cancer Nursing.

Following this success, on 16 December our childcare students were off again this time to help Scratch's Christmas Complete mission. The students had collected lots of toys and related items that could be used by the charity for their Christmas Complete programme. Once collected, the students delivered them to their sorting base in Southampton. Our students were very glad to have been able to deliver the goods, knowing that their collections will help children in Southampton who would otherwise not have not have been able to have had presents this Christmas.

Our staff feel that such opportunities to reach out into the community enriches the learning opportunities the students receive and further proves that the Social Science and Care students at Itchen can really be a force for change in the local community.