Heart-warming donation for Hereward College

The Heart of England Co-operative’s local charity, Helping Hearts, has generously donated to Hereward College’s Peer Support Team project to provide team uniforms.

The Heart of England Co-operative’s local charity, Helping Hearts, has generously donated to Hereward College’s Peer Support Team project to provide team uniforms. The Society contributed £350 toward the Peer Support Team’s goal of £1000 for logo embossed t-shirts and hoodies.

The Peer Support Team is a group of volunteer students, set up by Hereward College, supporting first year students to make a successful transition into College life. Receiving specific training from College staff, they get involved in many other activities including National anti-bullying campaigns, visits to local special schools, plus events involving the local community. Their work has been nationally recognised, winning a Highly Commended in the Leading the Learner Voice Awards 2012 for the significant efforts made by students to raise awareness on the issues of bullying in college and the community.

“The Co-op’s donation means so much to our group. To provide a uniform for our team members will not only create an important sense of unity, but will facilitate the identification of the team members, by both students and local community”

said Cyntia G Laycy, Peer Support Team Co-ordinator.

The funding was possible as since 2000, the Heart of England Co-operative Society has distributed all profits made from the sale of tobacco, back into the local community, operating under the banner of Helping Hearts. Since then over £736,000 has been pledged to support local community projects.

Cyntia continued;

“We’re really thankful to Helping Hearts for assisting us towards our goal; once reached this will make a meaningful difference in the lives of our youth and help create a safer community”.