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Tresham Gets Trekking with new Camping Equipment

01.06.2012

DofE Equipment Photograph shows: l-r back: Steve Thomas (Tutor), Callum Falconer, Daniel Cambers, Matthew Holmes, Jason Barratt, Belinda Dickinson (DofE), Albert Walker (C.C.C).l-r front: Hayley Green, Mel Ferguson, Steven Reed, Warren Young, Becky Prickett (Tutor)

On Wednesday 30th May, students from Tresham College of Further and Higher Education’s Essential Skills for Employment courses received hundreds of pounds worth of camping equipment from the Camping and Caravanning Club. This equipment will be used during their annual expeditions that form part of their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

To celebrate the Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th Birthday and the Camping and Caravanning Club’s 60th anniversary, all providers of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards were given the opportunity to win camping equipment for their expeditions that form part of the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

Tresham was the winning entry out of over 30 other proposals in the region for the equipment that has been donated by Vango and the Camping and Caravanning Club and consists of 4 (4man) tents, 4 stoves, 8 sleeping bags, 8 sleeping mats, 8 compasses, 8 rucksacks and 8 sets of cutlery to be used during Tresham’s expeditions.

Tresham’s Essential Skills for Employment courses are designed for students with specialist learning needs to equip them with the essential social and work skills needed for living independently and employment. By offering the chance to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh awards it enables students to gain additional communication and team work skills that can be used to gain employment.

This donation of equipment is brilliant news for Tresham as it is acknowledgment for the work that is carried out each year with learners who have learning difficulties and those who are disaffected which is a highlighted area on the agenda for The Duke of Edinburgh’s scheme nationally.

Each year approximately 30 of Tresham’s Essential Skills for Employment students (together with partner schools Isebrook and Wren Spinney) take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold award.

Albert Walker, Camping and Caravanning Club (C.C.C) Chairman said:

“The Duke of Edinburgh is our patron and to celebrate his 90th birthday and our 60th anniversary we wanted to give something back to education groups. Being able to donate this equipment is great as it encourages students to get involved and ensures they are equipped for their expeditions. The Duke of Edinburgh award is a tremendous programme and I am pleased to be able to support this.”

Belinda Dickinson, Operations Officer at Duke of Edinburgh Central England Regional Office said:

“To celebrate the Duke’s 90th birthday we wanted to give something back and we were looking for a group who is looking to expand, offers opportunities to the disadvantaged and works with those who are not in employment, education or training. There were over 30 applications for this equipment and Tresham was the absolute winner and met all the criteria to deserve the equipment. We are very happy to be giving our support to Tresham to delivering their ambitions.”

Steve Thomas, Tutor for Skills for Work Programmes at Tresham said:

“Winning this equipment will help us to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh award to even more students in our area. At the minute we have 30 students taking part in the DofE award at Bronze, Silver or Gold level with excellent links to Isebrook school and we hope to extend our work to other special schools and other courses for essential skills for employment programmes at Tresham”

Roger Humphrey, Head of School for Essential Skills for Employment at Tresham said:

“We are very proud to have managed to have been awarded with this donation and it enforces our commitment for learners and staff to promote independence for our learners. The Duke of Edinburgh award is looked upon by many employers as an advantage and with our learners who are studying to gain the personal and social skills required for work it is a great way to demonstrate their team work, communication and problem solving skills.”

Anne Powell, Duke of Edinburgh Development Officer at Northamptonshire County Council, said:

“This donation for Tresham is very well deserved. This has been a very successful group over the years and I know they will make good use of the equipment that has kindly been donated.”

Mel Ferguson, 18 from Corby a student on Tresham’s Skills for Work course who is completing the Silver DofE award said:

“I am really looking forward to using the equipment that we have been given on our next expedition.”

Callum Falconer, 20 from Corby a student on Tresham’s Skills for Work course who is completing the Silver DofE award said:

“The expeditions are very challenging. We have had a practice expedition at Overstone that was really fun but we had a lot of walking. I’m looking forward to using the cooking stoves at the end of the day.”

Daniel Cambers, 18 from Rushden, a student on Tresham’s Skills for Work course who has completed the Silver DofE award and will begin the Gold award soon said:

“I was really happy we had won this equipment and I’m looking forward to using all of it. I’m going to be completing the Gold award next year so we will be putting it to good use.”

Matt Holmes, 22 from Kettering, a student on Tresham’s Skills for Work course who has completed the Silver DofE award and will begin the Gold award soon said:

“I am very excited that we have been believed in and won this equipment for our expeditions. The sleeping mats we have had can be hard on the back when you’re trying to sleep on the grass so the new equipment includes an air bed so we can get a good nights sleep.”

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