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Students raise awareness and funds for men’s mental health

Date: 6th July 2021

FLEX programme students support Andy's Man Club charity with a sponsored 10k walk.


Students from Askham Bryan College’s Flexible (FLEX) Learning programme walked 10 kilometres in Greenhead Park, Huddersfield on Tuesday 6 July 2021 to raise funds for Andy’s Man Club charity.  They were dressed in bright green, the international symbol for mental health awareness, in observance and remembrance for all who are affected or have been affected by mental health issues. The charity was unanimously chosen by the students because of their connections with personal experiences and hopes to promote a safe place for men to go and feel secure when talking about suicide and mental health.

Kirsty Pollock, Askham Bryan College, Flex Course Manager Huddersfield, says, “By organising this fundraising event, it has enabled our students to engage with their community and raise awareness around mental health.  Mental health was identified as a passionate topic amongst our students as it is something they have either experienced personally, or they have known someone close to them struggle. Our students have been able to work on various skills throughout the project such as teamwork, leadership, organisation, communication, multitasking and budgeting. It has also allowed them to take part in new creative activities such as spray painting a banner, designing their t-shirts, and producing a poster to promote the event.”

Askham Bryan College Flexible Learning (FLEX) is a programme of courses for students age 16 years and up and aims to inspire its students to engage with employment, training, education or socialisation using varied learning strategies with community partners related to the land-based subjects delivered at the college. The programme focuses on making a positive impact on the students’ futures - mentally, emotionally, socially and economically. The programme strives to benefit the student who may have previously been unable to access education post-16 and enter meaningful employment following a programme or course of learning. The programme was developed after the college’s successful Princes Trust programme and extended to a wider audience. The provision runs across the north in ten cities.

Neil Waine, Project Development Champion of Andy’s Man Club says, "We are hugely grateful for the fundraising efforts of the students of Askham Bryan College on July 6th, when they are taking part in a fundraising walk. Donations and fundraising are vital to Andy's Man Club; they allow us to continue to promote our clubs and our services and hopefully get in front of as many men as possible spreading the word that it is okay to talk."

All are welcomed to join and £1 donations are welcomed at any collection buckets on the walk day, or larger amounts can be donated at gofund.me/a364958f.

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