City College Peterborough has been involved in a number of initiatives to help people in the local community lead a more happier and healthier lifestyle.
Take Note Community Choir
A new approach to community singing targeted at areas of deprivation. Members perform regularly in public spaces including Cathedral Square and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Singing has helped participants improve their self-esteem and confidence and overall wellbeing as well as their musical skills.
For more information please visit Peterborough Take Note website
Unlock the Box
Our award-winning community cohesion project, bringing together members of different ethnic groups to work together to create boxes to showcase their culture, history and language. As well as improving understanding of and respect for different cultures, this project helps develop research, IT, English language, writing and photography skills among its volunteers.
Once a community has created its own box, they then go on to share their culture box with another community and support that community to create their own box, thus ensuring sustainability. An additional benefit is a continued desire for learning, leading to paid employment for some and volunteering and further education for others. This project allows itself to be replicated in different settings and contexts and the cultural boxes are now being used in schools, among wider community groups and by care practitioners to broaden their knowledge of specific cultures.
For more information please visit the Unlock the Box website
This parent and toddler group are based in the community of Hampton in the community room at Serpentine Green Shopping Centre (in between Boots and Carphone Warehouse) meet up Mondays 10am – 12 noon and Thursdays between 2pm- 4pm. The group is run by Hampton Mums’ Volunteers and parents and toddlers enjoy a range of activities to help them connect with the children and the local community.
For more information please join Hampton Tiddlers facebook group
Based in one of the most deprived areas of the UK, this initiative helps parents of children with disabilities care for themselves and their families and improves their employability skills.
For more information please visit the Little Miracles website
We ran a successful volunteers’ programme, in partnership with Inspire Peterborough; Age UK and Ferry Meadows, helping individuals with health/mental health problems to improve their health and well-being by taking regular, weekly walks around Ferry Meadows and then enjoying a cup of tea and a cake. This initiative not only improved participants’ physical fitness but also reduced loneliness and isolation and created a new circle of friends. Each of the 16 volunteers received an award from the College. The project proved so popular that everyone wanted it to continue so it has now been adapted for the winter months, including visits to inside venues such as the cathedral and museum.
This initiative has brought together adult volunteers and a number of schools to work together to recreate a record of clothing from the 1940s through to the 1980s. Many new skills were used to help develop a website and a book to display the end results. These memory boxes are now used in schools, community centres and care homes across the city and items exhibited at community events, including the Peterborough Heritage Festival held in and around Peterborough Cathedral. The project benefits all ages for example teaching younger people about history and for reminiscing with older people. It has been found to be particularly helpful for people suffering from dementia.
For more information please visit the History’s Mirror website