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04 January 2018

Food bank visit inspires Health & Social Care students

Health & Social Care students say they felt inspired after visiting a local food bank over the busy festive season.

The HND and HNC students from the Trowbridge campus learned about food poverty in Wiltshire as they worked alongside staff and volunteers at Devizes Food Bank, supported by the Trussell Trust, which aims to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

They helped to weigh in new supplies, packed boxes and sorted food to ensure it is distributed within use by dates when they spent a day helping out on Monday 12th December.

Lecturer Leah Songhurst said: “The visit proved really invaluable.

“Each learner felt inspired by the dedication of the team that keep the facility running smoothly.

“From those that manage the army of volunteers to those that rotate the stock or pick up supplies and pack the boxes.

“Physically packing the boxes in an emotive experience.

“Each box is heading out into the community to be received by an individual or a family in need.

“It is almost impossible not to feel empathy for those needing the food banks support and everyone came away feeling determined to work hard to raise standards within their future health and social care careers.”

Ahead of their visit, the students organised a collection in college where staff and students donated a wide range of items including toilet rolls and shower gel, which were in short supply.

Leah added: “Although certain items in each box that gets sent out are pre-decided, my learners had thought hard about Christmas treats to include with one asking if they thought parents opening the box would feel the love being sent with chocolates.

“Getting outside the classroom is always a great experience and gaining an insight into a truly amazing setting such as this can prove life changing to some learners.”