WINSTON WAY ACADEMY PUPILS BRING FESTIVE CHEER TO LOCAL HOMELESSNESS HOSTEL
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Pupils at school in Ilford join together to create Christmas cards for the local homeless community at pop-up hostel Project Malachi
This week, pupils at Winston Way Academy are helping to give back to the local community by creating special Christmas cards for those without homes at Project Malachi.
Project Malachi is a pop-up hostel in Ilford, funded by The Salvation Army and Redbridge Borough Council, and supported by a sponsoring committee. Set up to help tackle homelessness across East London, Project Malachi is a temporary housing initiative that offers those without a home a place to stay, as well as welfare support provided by onsite Salvation Army volunteers.
To show their support for the project and spread some festive cheer around the local community, Year 4 pupils at Winston Way Academy have been hard at working designing and creating one-of-a-kind Christmas cards to send to Project Malachi – strengthening their creativity and writing skills in the process. The cards are set to be delivered to the hostel by teacher Mrs Rashid.
During their lessons, pupils have also dedicated time to learning more about the inspiring initiative and what they can do to support it. As part of this, they received a visit from a representative of Project Malachi who spoke about the important work the hostel is doing.
Diyaab, a Year 4 pupil at Winston Way Academy, said:
“I felt good knowing that Project Malachi made a place for homeless people in Ilford. I think it is a very good initiative.”
Mr Chadda, Year 5 teacher at Winston Way Academy and Community Engagement Lead, said:
“The work of Project Malachi is of vital importance to Ilford’s community. The crisis of homelessness is something we are all concerned about and our school is committed to making a positive impact on our local community. Thank you Project Malachi for your inspiring work.”
Helen Penner, Headteacher at Winston Way Academy, said:
“It’s been fantastic to work with Project Malachi and play our part in helping to bring some festive joy to those affected by homelessness in our local community. The children showed such enthusiasm as they were designing their cards and writing the messages inside. Encouraging our young people to be respectful and considerate members of our local community is a key part of how we deliver an Education with Character. This means not only developing in them the skills and knowledge they need to make strong progress in their learning, but providing them with opportunities to make a positive difference to the people and places around them.”