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Know of a charitable cause in Baldock? ELSA want to hear from you

PUBLISHED: 16:19 11 January 2019

Another community fundraising initiative they took on was for the Herts Sanctuary in Hitchin. Picture: Brandles School

Another community fundraising initiative they took on was for the Herts Sanctuary in Hitchin. Picture: Brandles School

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Do you know a community cause or charity in Baldock that could do with a helping hand?

Brandles boys created flower boxes for Tapps Garden Centre. Picture: Brandles SchoolBrandles boys created flower boxes for Tapps Garden Centre. Picture: Brandles School

That’s the question the founder of Education, Learning, Skills and Achievement – a community interest company – is asking.

Having worked with Brandles School students over the last year on community outreach projects including Sports Relief, Lister Hospital’s neonatal unit and Osbourne Court Residential Home, ELSA founder Jane Shipley is looking to focus on Baldock causes for the students’ next projects.

In an Enjoy Baldock More post, she said: “Our aim is to engage with every young person that we meet and help them understand what skills employers are looking for in the next generation.

“We aim to bridge the gap between education and employment for the young people living within our region. Our work is only possible with the exceptional support of our business volunteers.

Boys at the Brandles School have raised more than £300 for the East and North Herts Hospitals Charity. Picture: ELSA Boys at the Brandles School have raised more than £300 for the East and North Herts Hospitals Charity. Picture: ELSA

“At every event, we take in volunteers from all different sectors of commerce to help educate students in specific company approaches to recruitment as well as using their own unique stories to inspire and raise aspirations.

“Over the last year or so, ELSA has been working heavily with Brandles School, which I am sure you know well.

“ELSA delivers TASK workshops weekly, encouraging the students to design fundraisers and activities supporting the local community they live in.

“TASK projects stands for ‘Togetherness Achieves Social Knowledge’, and the boys have learnt enormously at the same time as gaining self awareness, a sense of achievement and pride and networking with ‘real’ people.

“We have had very successful fundraisers for Helping Herts Homeless, Sports Relief, Lister Neonatal, Osbourne Court Residential Care Home, and a Westmill Community Space refurbishment in Hitchin.

“Before Christmas the boys set up stalls with handmade products at Lister in aid of sensory mats for the children’s wards and EDU. Please see the latest Enjoy Baldock More article.

“The reason I am writing to you, is to ask a favour. We are very conscious that although amazing work has been undertaken by the boys, we would very much like to start concentrating on fundraising for a charity or need closer to Baldock.

“I am hoping you may be able to steer us in the direction of a charity or community need that you are aware of in Baldock.

“The students are now able to gain Duke of Edinburgh qualification, which is all a wonderful conclusion to their hard work.

“Really hoping we can make a difference from January 2019 onwards as the next TASK Project begins this week!

“Very much hope to hear of any ideas you may have on how we can continue to change lives of those in our local communities.”

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