Andy Burnham Visits Stockport College

Andy Burnham Visits Stockport College

Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, took time out of his busy schedule to visit Stockport College. Andy, Mayor for just over a year, visited the campus on Wellington Road South to meet learners and staff to discuss a number of issues prevalent to young people and their commitments to supporting the Mayors campaign of ending rough sleeping across Greater Manchester by 2020.

The Student Equality Council at Stockport College began their campaign to support the regional community by raising funds to donate to GTMCR Mayor's Homelessness Fund; however their efforts didn't stop there. The learners who are part of the Equalities Council in the college have led the way in community support, taking the time to present to the local council on matters that affect young people today.  The topics of the presentation covered, support in the Stockport area for young people with mental health issues, the cost of transport for young people, reductions in homelessness and the rights and issues around supporting young people with disability. 

The GTMCR Mayor's Homelessness fund has been set up to support frontline projects which can demonstrate they are supporting the objective to end rough sleeping and reduce homelessness through innovative initiatives such as building specialised supported accommodation for young people with access to education, volunteering and employment opportunities and expanding mental health and rehabilitation programmes across Greater Manchester.

Armed with a Paul Pogba signed Manchester United shirt and a host of innovative fundraising activities the students set off to raise money for the Homelessness fund. A large donation for the shirt was received from Mr. Patrick J Waldron, Managing Director of Westshield Limited.  Mr. Waldron is a former student of Stockport College and was keen to support our learners drive to raise money for the Mayor's homelessness fund.  Other contributions came from MUDSA (Manchester United Disabled Supports Association), local supermarkets, Tesco and Sainsbury's as well as staff, students and the wider Stockport College community.

Students raised over £750.00 for the fund, presented to Andy Burnham at Stockport College during an informal meeting between students, staff and members of local charitable organisations.