Care parcels support student families

Care parcels support student families

Stockport College has put together a special delivery of more than 100 care parcels for a group of students and their families during the COVID-19 crisis.

Staff and students packed non-perishable goods and toiletries purchased by the College with the help of council volunteers Lynda Jackson, Ryan Martin and Yvonne Mellor. The Council kindly donated the boxes for the scheme.

Student Engagement Lead, Michelle McLaughlin, said: “Families in Further Education can fall between the cracks when it comes to student welfare. Here, at Stockport College, we’re working closely with our partners at the Council to ensure this doesn’t happen and that no family goes without during this time of need.”

The care parcels from the ‘Community College Kitchen’ were dispatched by the local authority’s team of DBS-checked volunteer drivers.

Stockport College works closely with Stockport Council and other community partners, which includes attending COVID meetings to discuss ways of supporting the local community.

Cllr Colin Foster, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Family Services and Education, said: “It is really important to do all we can to support partnership working between the College and the Council. We both serve the same communities. We really do feel the benefit from making the connections and jointly working to support each other’s endeavours.

"Many people have seen their incomes reduce or change during the Coronavirus pandemic, so reaching out into the local community and providing some extra support is important now more than ever.”

The College would like to thank Stockport Council Head of Business Support Geraldine Gerrard and Parfetts wholesale store in Stockport for supporting the project.

If you have an idea or would like to help, please contact Student Engagement Officer