The Nottingham Emmanuel School has received the Lord-Lieutenant’s Award for Promoting Voluntary Service from Deputy Lieutenant Sue Gorham.
Martin Skinner who received the award on behalf of the school was responsible for the wide ranging projects that led to the accolade. Mr Skinner said, “We are delighted to see the hard work of our students, demonstrated through their commitment and desire to serve others, being recognised with this award. It is a great credit and testimony to all of the young people who have selflessly given their time, talents and energies into demonstrating the service and love that makes our school community so precious and unique.”
Sue Gorham DL said that the school has set the bar high when it comes to serving others. “I was very impressed with the breadth of the work this school does because it’s not just local voluntary service, it’s their trips to Ghana and Sri Lanka that are impressive. The students undertaking those trips raised their own money to fund it and that shows the commitment they have to helping others. It shows real determination and initiative on their part.”
Martin Skinner said that the program of service included projects too many to name but they included visiting and supporting partner schools in Dutch Komenda, Ghana and in Sri Lanka, organising litter clearing services within school, learning sign language to help those who use it, and teaching about the red cross and undertaking first aid training. The school also became an integral part of the ‘No place for hate’ campaign through Nottingham Citizens which resulted in a change in the law and the appointment of a hate crime police officer for Nottingham. The Nottingham Emmanuel School also raised £9000 last year for charitable causes and supported Toilet Twinning abroad, where sanitary facilities are provided for those across the world where none existed before. The school supported their local food bank and took part in Fair Trade activities and within school created mentoring programs where students helped fellow students.
Martin Skinner said that the Award was fantastic news, but that their program of service will continue to grow and seek out new opportunities to create meaningful change in its community. “We are excited to see how we can grow service and look forward to seeing students go into our communities and make a positive difference to all who are part of them.”
Sur Gorham DL said that The Nottingham Emmanuel School impressed her with its whole school approach to service. “It is really important that the commitment to voluntary service starts from year 7 and continues all the way through like it does at The Nottingham Emmanuel School. This school is very good at that and at explaining the reasons and need for the service. I am passionate that service is a two-way process; it’s not just a matter of the young people helping those less fortunate, but that they themselves get a great deal in return. They develop leadership skills and communication skills and develop an understanding of others. You really do get a lot out of giving!”