21 Dec

Student Council Brings the College Community Together to Help the Homeless

With the number of homeless people in Cardiff doubling over the past year, and with Christmas fast approaching, our staff and students have come together to help their local community.

In a bid to help those less fortunate than themselves, the Student Council used the last week of term to run a Christmas Charity Drive for local homeless shelters and food banks in Cardiff.

As a Catholic College, we know that we are called as a community to look beyond our own walls and give thought to the challenges faced by others. It is an imperative determined by our common humanity, and something we are reminded of by our Lord himself in the Gospels.

Throughout the week, staff and students were encouraged to donate money, non-perishable food, or items such as towels, socks and backpacks. The week came to a close with an end of term Christmas Jumper Day, and those choosing to wear their festive tops were encouraged to donate.

The College is proud to announce that the Student Council collected seven large boxes and bags of food and toiletries, and were given almost £80 in donations to help the homeless people of Cardiff this Christmas.

The Student Council have selected the Cardiff Foodbank and Huggard as their chosen charities.

Cardiff Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Huggard has been providing frontline services for homeless people in Cardiff for over 20 years and their city-centre complex is open 365 days a year.

£50 buys two sleeping bags and a sleeping mat for a rough sleeper, and £10 provides shelter and support for someone who is sleeping rough for a night. 

Student Council President explains why they decided upon homelessness as their chosen cause this year:

I walk to College every day, and even just on Albany Road there is an increasing number of homeless people from one week to the next. Several other students have also mentioned that homelessness is something they are concerned about in our local area. This is exactly why we chose to give back this festive season to those who will not have a cozy room or a hot meal on Christmas Day.

“We hope that our College's small contribution will be able to bring some comfort to these people this year.” 

 

Charity Drive 1

Charity Drive 2

Charity Drive 3