Three Derwen College students were nominated for young citizenship awards for their outstanding contribution to college and community.
The students were nominated for The High Sheriff of Shropshire’s Outstanding Young Citizenship Award and were invited to attend a ceremony with the county’s High Sheriff Rhoddy Swire.
Students Bethan Charles, Maisie Thomson and Carter Gough were put forward for the award for embracing opportunities while at the college. The trio have gone above and beyond in their efforts at college: Bethan has represented Derwen College through her work with Student Union Board and National Union of Students; Maisie has challenged herself through Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards; and Carter has pushed himself through competing in table laying at high-pressure national skills shows.
Derwen College Principal Meryl Green said she was delighted with the recognition for the students.
She said: “Our students should be very proud to have been shortlisted for the Sheriff of Shropshire’s Outstanding young Citizenship Award. The three of them have made exceptional contributions to college and community in very different ways.”
Teresa Richards, who runs Station Café in Gobowen on behalf of Derwen College, received a surprise visit from some very special customers this week.
High Sheriff of Shropshire Rhoderick Swire visited the Station Cafe on the Gobowen railway station platform to present café supervisor and Derwen College learning support assistant Teresa with an award. The High Sheriff Award was presented in recognition of Teresa’s tireless work and continued commitment to the popular Station Café.
Gobowen Station Café is run by Derwen College for independent not-for-profit rail agency Severn Dee Travel, providing work experience opportunities to students training in Hospitality.
Derwen College Principal Meryl Green and Sheila Dee, Community Rail Officer at Severn Dee Travel, were also among those who attended the certificate presentation.
Rhoddy Swire said: “When the Derwen College leadership team put Teresa Richards’ name forward for this accolade, I was very happy to make such an award. What an outstanding lady Teresa is!”
Teresa has worked at Derwen College’s Station Café for three years and prior to that as a teacher in the catering department of the college at the main site in Gobowen for 13 years.
Teresa said that she was moved by the unexpected accolade.
“It was such a fabulous surprise. I can’t wait to put my certificate up on the wall in the café,” she said.
“It was so lovely to have everyone – staff, students, customers and community partners – all involved. This award is recognition for everything we do here and the support we receive from the community, as well as providing valuable work experience for our students. It is important for students to engage with customers in the community, and it’s a great asset for Gobowen too. We all work together and are all constantly learning from each other. It’s a lovely place to work.”
Derwen College Principal Meryl Green said that the college was thrilled to be able to nominate such a worthy candidate.
Meryl Green said: “What a difference one person can make! Teresa runs the Station Café which is providing invaluable work experience opportunities Monday to Friday for Derwen’s Hospitality and Customer Services students. Teresa forms great relationships with the students and this provides an excellent base for learning.
“Under Teresa’s guidance the students are learning work-ready and independence skills through making and serving drinks, snacks and lunches, dealing with payments and developing people skills when serving customers. These skills are essential in order to prepare students for future employment after college. They are supported, encouraged and trained by Teresa whilst she is at the same time running this busy outlet.”
The Station Café was provided to Derwen College from Severn Dee Travel who run the ticket office at Gobowen train station. They saw this as a great opportunity to involve students from the college some six years ago. Teresa has formed an outstanding relationship with Severn Dee Travel demonstrating an understanding of their needs as a business, a local organisation in the community and work experience provider for the college. This has led to some amazing partnership work including nominations and awards from Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACorp).
Derwen College, in Gobowen, is a specialist college for young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. The college offers students the opportunity to learn new skills in real work environments and to learn life skills which will enable them to live as independently as possible. The college has received three consecutive ‘outstanding’ Ofsted gradings. For more information go to www.derwen.ac.uk.
A new event aimed specifically at families with children with learning difficulties and disabilities is being organised by Shropshire Parent and Carer Council (PACC) to be held at Derwen College sports ground, Gobowen. The Shropshire Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)Community Games will take place on Saturday 24th September from 10am – 2pm the day before the Oswestry Community Games at Cae Glas Park, Oswestry on Sunday 25th September.
The Shropshire SEND Community Games is a day of activities with a host of sporting demonstrations and have-a-go events, there will be an under 5s zone as well as a chill out area, craft activities and an information zone. Activities include tots rugby, golf, football, climbing, cycling, go-carting, dancing and lots more.
“We are very excited to be working with Derwen College on this first Shropshire SEND Community Games. All the activities take place in a supportive environment and we really want to highlight the range of SEND providers available in the county which parents may not know about. Activities are free of charge and everyone who attends will receive a participation certificate. Try out five activities and you will receive a SEND Community Games medal. The facilities at Derwen College are ideal for this event and we are very happy to be working in conjunction with the college to host this event” said Sarah Thomas, Participation Co-ordinator PAAC.
Visitors are asked to register their interest in attending the event on 24th September at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shropshire-send-community-games-tickets-27540898569.
The Garden Café and Orangery Restaurant will be open on site for visitors to purchase lunch and refreshments and there is also plenty of room for picnics. Visitors to the event can also take a look around the Walled Garden, Garden Centre and Farm Shop.