A group of Huddersfield New College’s Health and Social Care students have recently been volunteering at Huddersfield Mission. The students have been helping to run the evening café, planning a great menu and working tirelessly peeling mountains of vegetables, cooking sausages and making bucket-loads of gravy and custard!

Hot food and drinks were served to over sixty customers, with the students also enjoying the food and spending some time chatting with those who ate at the café. According to one regular ‘pudding loving’ customer, the students’ plum, orange and cinnamon crumble was the “highlight of the evening” and was given a ten out of ten.

Huddersfield Mission provides advice and support to people in need, running an affordable café, which is ‘the heart of the Mission’, and providing space for community groups and activities. Home cooked meals are just £2, and are offered on a daily basis.

Working at the Mission allowed the students to gain experience of working in a busy, pressurised environment and of engaging with the local community. Health and Social Care tutor Katie Griffiths said, “The students did such a great job, and remained calm and friendly throughout. They represented HNC so well, and when it was all over they were still smiling. We've been invited back next week and they are all up for the challenge again!”

“It was a really valuable Social Care experience for all the students and it was a pleasure to work with such a committed and friendly team at The Mission,” Katie continued. “They offer an amazing service to local people and do a tremendous job, so it’s a real privilege to work with the staff and volunteers there and our students are very grateful for the opportunity. It was great to see such a hard working group of students working so positively to help others.”

A very well done to Letitia Poole, Shania Howes, Rachel Dolan, Emma Thompson, Aaliya Sohial, Sadie-May Blamires-Daley and Casey Metcalf.