UWE volunteers give facelift to children's centre

Issue date: 10 February 2006

paint brushes International volunteers from the University of the West of England will spend the next two weekends helping to paint Easton Community Children's Centre to help mark its 21st birthday celebrations.

This weekend a group of Moroccan students from Casablanca, visiting UWE as part of an undergraduate placement scheme, will spend time helping out. The following weekend another group of current UWE students will complete the work.

Amanda Rundle from Easton Community Children's Centre said, “We're delighted that the students are going to help us. It makes all the difference having a bright, clean, inviting play and learning environment for the children.”

Easton Community Children's Centre provides childcare and family support services in inner-city Bristol; the organisation is a registered charity with children and parents/carers at the heart of it and a friendly enthusiastic staff team. Services are developed in response to need and currently include a day nursery for children aged from six months, a play scheme for older children and a counselling service in partnership with the Bridge Foundation.

Ellie Roads, Volunteer co-ordinator from the Centre for Student Affairs at UWE, said, “We have worked with the children's centre in the past by providing an opportunity for a session play worker. This Volunteer Action Day project is particularly poignant as this year the centre celebrates its 21st year. The students will re-decorate the children's play rooms.”

Kelly Robinson, International Student Recruitment Officer, from UWE's Admissions and International Recruitment team said, “We felt that it was important for the students on the placement programme to gain a wide range of experiences of Bristol and the region to complement other activities like historical, cultural and business visits. A day in an inner city community centre seemed to fit the bill giving the students the opportunity to experience a day working with a voluntary sector organisation in need of a helping hand or two.”


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