Hope House Donations 2018 WebFdA and BA (Hons) Social Policy, Health and Housing students, alongside level 1 Health and Social Care from St Helens College have been working together to collect a range of items for local charity, Hope House. The charity, which supports local people who are homeless, as well as those who are at risk of homelessness, received a selection of items, including clothing, long-life food items and toiletries.

The students arranged all aspects of the collection, including producing marketing material, arranging collection drop off points around both University Centre St Helens and St Helens College alongside working with the charity, to ensure a representative was available to collect the donations prior to the Christmas break.

Speaking on behalf of the group, BA (Hons) Social Policy, Health and Housing student Cathy said:

“As part of the degree, we have learnt a lot, not only about homelessness but also those at risk of homelessness and how those risks are exacerbated at this time of the year. As a group of predominately local people, we wanted to do something for a local charity, who work tirelessly to support the local community. With the assistance of our friends, family, staff and fellow students, we have collected a large selection of items, which will not only help the charity over Christmas but will also keep them going until summer 2019, which is just amazing. The time we have spent publicising the collection and the support we have received from students at St Helens College and University Centre St Helens has meant that we have been able to collect more items than last year, allowing us to support more people.”

Sarah, Manager at Hope House collected the items on behalf of Hope House and said:

“The generosity of the students is overwhelming and everyone at Hope House, from staff to service users really appreciates it. This is the third year that the Social Policy, Health and Housing students have arranged a collection for us, which in itself is wonderful and we can’t thank them enough for their continued support.”

Programme Leader for both the FdA and BA (Hons) Social Policy, Health and Housing degree, Ilaria added:

“It is an honour to both teach and be around such kind, caring and generous students. The group have organised all aspects of the collection in their own time, around degree level study and other commitments. Doing this has allowed the students to related classroom based theory and scenarios to real life issues and has provided a platform for independent teamwork, bring together students from a range of degrees and other courses. I am extremely proud of them all.”