The Group received the prestigious status after impressing judges in its stage one application for this year’s Pears #iwill Award for Social Action and Student Engagement. The Group was given the commendation for its practice in each of the award categories, having demonstrated a high level of innovation, impact and being sustainable.
Social action has become part of every student and staff member’s annual calendar, as part of the Group’s ‘community weeks’. These two weeks give every member of staff and student the opportunity to take part in high quality social action, which aims to develop not only the skills they’re learning at their College, but also firmly embed them in the communities which the Group serves.
In the last Academic Year, students delivered almost 50,000 hours of social action activities, with more than 400 distinct projects completed. The projects range from strategic ones – such as Folkestone College’s work at Radnor Park – to smaller ones such as pamper days for local charities.
EKC Group’s Chief Executive Officer Graham Razey said: “I’m really proud of this commendation, as it reflects the amazing work which our students and staff are delivering across the communities which we serve.
“Our community weeks give all of our Colleges the opportunity to get involved in their local communities, and take action to make them better places to live, work and play. It’s something I’ve always been passionate about, and it’s wonderful to see how involved our students get in doing this. We’ve delivered some amazing projects that have helped to transform areas, and make local people’s lives better, and for me that’s what this is about.”