Community Christmas PartyJo Leeson
The motto “Be the change you want to see”, used by the Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust, has inspired Year 10 Malton students to plan and organise a major event; using it as an opportunity to invite along members of the local community who may have felt lonely or isolated at this time of year.
Guests from the local community were invited to the Christmas party at School, on Thursday 14 December, organised by students as part of the Archbishop of York’s Youth Leader Award.
With an event of this size, preparations needed to start early, and students have been busy in the weeks running up to the event, planning the food and drinks, decorations, social media publicity, entertainment and gift bags for guests to take home. Jack Robinson, one of the students involved in organising the event, said: “I really enjoyed doing this challenge” He also reflected on how it “felt good” to be supporting elderly and vulnerable people through the event, and “to see the students wanting to do well in this to gain an overall goal”.
The event ran smoothly, thanks to the planning and hard work of the students, with support from their teachers. Feedback from the event has been extremely positive: “I would just like to thank you on behalf of my residents who attended your Christmas party yesterday. They all had a fabulous time and were very grateful for the lovely welcome, the beautiful food and the very kind gift.” One visitor said. Another guest commented: “…thanks and gratitude for a well organised party- they thoroughly enjoyed it and thought that the kids did a fantastic job.”
Photographs of the event were also shared on the Archbishop of York Youth Trust’s Facebook page and Twitter account with the event described as a “Fantastic feast”. The Youth award focusses on Students’ leadership and character skills in preparation for life after school. By being involved in volunteering opportunities, such as this event, students are developing both practical and character skills which they can transfer into the workplace and wider civic life. Well done to all the students who contributed to making this event a success.