PPM supports enterprise challenge teams for Hospice at Home West Cumbria at Workington Academy
Workington Academy entered four teams into Hospice at Home West Cumbria’s £30 for 30 Challenge.
Each team comprised a tutorial group of lower sixth formers. Katie Harper, Business Connector for Business in the Community was approached by Miriam Wilson, Student Provision Officer for support at the start of their venture to provide the students with an opportunity to develop new skills and raise money for a fantastic local cause.
PPM Limited's Communications and Development Officers, Beth Nicholls and Laura Brough, offered mentoring to a team each over four sessions as they were introduced to the opportunity as an enterprise challenge. They were encouraged to think about the connections they have, and opportunities that surround them. We looked at team work, and put a team structure in place. Specialists then came in to support in key areas: Leadership, marketing, finance, community and environment and health and safety. The teams then had a few weeks to raise as much money as possible for Hospice at Home West Cumbria, who provide high quality care and support to patients, carers and families affected by a life-limiting illness.
Katie Harper said “We aimed to give the students an opportunity to interact with business people while focusing on a local community cause. We have provided an insight into the business world, and given them time to reflect on themselves and what is important to them. If they are now more able to explain to future employers or University Admissions their own strengths or employ-ability skills, or are more confident to interact with other adults in the business world we will have been successful”.
Other business's supporting this programme as mentors and specialists were Kaefer, BEP Delivery Team, Robinson and Co Accountants and Hospice At Home West Cumbria.
We very much enjoyed being part of such a rewarding programme both with the Academy and Hospice at Home West Cumbria.