HNC has revealed that following a democratic vote the Welcome Centre Food Bank has been chosen as the College’s new Charity of the Year.
Voting for our new Charity of the Year took place during the College’s Diversity Week as part of our day of democracy - one of the days in the week invited students to register to vote, and learn more about why using their voice by voting is a key way to have their say. Although not all students are yet eligible to use their political vote, they could experience democracy in action by reading more about our charity ‘candidates’ before deciding which one to cast their vote for. At one point there was just one vote between the Welcome Centre Food Bank and another shortlisted charity!
The College does already support the Welcome Centre Food Bank, with regular collections for the food bank at key times of the year and donation points in College. However, now the organisation has been chosen as the College’s Charity of the Year , our community will be able to support the charity and the valuable work it does even more through dedicated fundraising activities, donations and events.
Erika Montgomery, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion comments: “As a College we work hard to help students learn more about life in a diverse and democratic modern Britain and how by using their vote they can have their say on the issues that matter to them. During last week’s Equality and Diversity week students were invited to register to vote and learn more about this process."
“The week also gave students a chance to experience democracy in action by casting their vote for our new Charity of the Year and choosing the organisation that they felt we should support as a College community. Whilst all were of course incredibly worthy causes, we are delighted to announce that the Welcome Centre Food Bank received the largest number of votes. The Welcome Centre provide incredible support to local families and are currently experiencing even more pressure on their services as a result of the cost of living crisis. We look forward to supporting them to help more local families.”