Roaring Success

Over the past four years more than 80 Alton College students have received awards from the Lions Club of Alton for their work in the community. Next year, the Lions will be offering the awards again, and hope to reach the milestone of 100 students participating in the scheme.

Last month, Derek Shaw from the Lions Club of Alton, and Helen Freeston from Community First were in Alton College to present students with their Lions Young Leaders in Service Awards. These awards recognize young people for their community service within a 12-month period and the project is run in College by Community First, a charity whose aim is to promote a strong, influential and thriving voluntary and community sector in East Hampshire. The awards aim to encourage young people to get involved with community service to help them develop skills to become responsible adult citizens and community leaders, and recognition of their time given up to help others can be listed on university and job applications. The Silver Seal Award requires the student to undertake 50 hours of community service over a 12 month period, and the Gold Seal Award needs 100 hours community service.

Alton College students receiving awards this year were as follows:
Silver Award (50 hours of community service in a 12 month period):
1. Freyja Barnard, previously at Eggars School
2. Jemma Godleman, previously at Robert May’s School 
3. Thomas George Strugnell Hiller, previously at Eggars School
4. Emily Carroll, previously at Bohunt School
5. Alexander Powell, previously at Farnham Heath End School
6. Mimi Woods, previously at Churchers College
7. Martha Dobson, previously at Eggars School
8. Emma Priestley, previously at St Nicholas School

Gold Award (100 hours of community service in a 12 month period):
1. Daniel Goodwright, previously at Perins School
2. Thomas Paul, previously at Amery Hill School
3. Freddie Hodkin, previously at Eggars School
4. Michael Penn, previously at Farnham Heath End School
5. Alice Ollerhead, previously at Leighton Park School
6. Emily Griffiths, previously at St Nicholas School
7. Andriy Varshavskyy, previously studied outside the UK
8. Myles Scott, previously at Amery Hill School
9. Irina Mollova, previously at Woolmer Hill School

Silver Award recipient Emily Caroll, a BTEC Performing Arts student at Alton College has spent her time volunteering at College with the Towards Independence students helping them with drama and dance, helping them to use performing arts to express things which they may not have been able to verbally. She has also worked to help them feel more confident speaking to people, and with how to cope with life outside of College. On receiving her certificate, she said: ‘Taking part in this scheme has helped me learn new skills in communication, given me more patience and made me a better leader. After this experience, I would definitely carry on volunteering at university if given the opportunity.’

Freddie Hodkin, Gold Award recipient, volunteered at Challengers in Farnham, a children's charity dedicated to providing exciting and challenging play and leisure opportunities for disabled children and young people. He said: ‘I found the experience thoroughly rewarding; knowing that you were making a positive difference to peoples’ lives was very satisfying. I enjoyed myself so much that I now work at Challengers and hope that I can carry on volunteering in the future.’