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Students take pride in The Big Tidy-Up

If you’ve noticed that the Bracknell area is looking tidier, thank some university students.

Students and staff from Newbold College of Higher Education in Binfield participated in Bracknell Forest Council’s recent Take Pride campaign, an initiative that supports the UK-wide The Big Tidy Up and encourages local voluntary organisations to clean up their neighbourhood and set a positive example.

Through the Newbold Voluntary Service (NVS), groups of students have been heading out into the community each Friday afternoon to take part in projects such as raking leaves, cleaning residential areas for elderly people who need assistance, and, most recently preparing the ground for a wheelchair access ramp at the Jealotts Hill Community Landshare project – a six acre tract of land donated by agriculture research and technology company Syngeta for community use.

NVS coordinator Snezana Kordovan said that students loved putting on wellington boots and getting muddy to work on this latest project.

“There is always a lot of laughter and enthusiasm, no matter how physically hard the work is, demonstrating the benefit they are getting from spending time out doors and knowing that they are volunteering their time to benefit others,” she explained.

“Even though digging the ground was hard and most of our students have never done any physical work of this kind before, they have all asked to go again. Surprisingly, three of our gentlest female students who have never held a shovel before were the most enthusiastic diggers of all at this weeks project!”

Rossindra Davis, projects officer from Bracknell Forest Council Environmental Services said that Newbold’s community work has definitely been noticed in the Council. “Volunteers, councillors and parish and town councils are starting to appreciate and acknowledge what Newbold College has done.”

In addition to the recent Take Pride initiative, around 50 Newbold students volunteer every week in projects with the local Beech House Care Home, Bracknell Forest Youth Services, Newbold Church, Newbold School and the Royal Voluntary Service.

“At Newbold we are committed to providing opportunities for our students and staff to serve, and we encourage participation wherever possible. We are very happy to see the wholehearted enthusiasm our students show for these projects,” said Snezana.

For more details on Newbold College of Higher Education, log on to www.newbold.ac.uk