Students to join councillor’s community campaign

William Parker students Andrew, Chris and Adam,  St Helen's residents Dave Waller and Michael Ward with councillor Andrew Batsford and head of William Parker, John Court.
William Parker students Andrew, Chris and Adam, St Helen's residents Dave Waller and Michael Ward with councillor Andrew Batsford and head of William Parker, John Court.

A CAMPAIGN to reach out to the elderly and vulnerable in St Helens has received the backing of William Parker Sports College.

St Helen’s Cares is an initiative launched earlier this month by ward councillor Andrew Batsford, which aims to highlight the plight of elderly, isolated residents and to encourage people to club together and donate time and manpower to help.

From September, William Parker students will be on board, as the college has pledged its time and support to the local community.

Cllr Batsford said: “The projects will come from the St Helens residents, then we will take them to the school, and the school will action them.

“In this way the school becomes a thousand-strong bank of people.

“The boys will be seen as a force for good in St Helens providing much needed support to those who need it the most and have served our town well. I want to say a big thank you to William Parker’s headteacher, John Court, for seeing the massive value in the College looking outward into the local community.”

Headteacher John Court said: “Our students are excited at the prospect of working with our community neighbours and putting effort into our local area. 

“It is also good for students to appreciate the locality and appreciate the difficulties some residents live with every day.”

Cllr Batsford is urging anyone with ideas for particular projects, to come forward, along with those who would like to join the bank of people offering their time and support to the St Helens Cares campaign.

Email cllr.andy.batsford@hastings.gov.uk or 07917 693091.