Community Partnership

Trafford College works with a range of partners in the community, across the region, and nationally.

Good for ME, Good for FE

Trafford College has joined a national initiative to help its staff and students support and connect with local communities in Trafford and Greater Manchester.

The Good for ME Good for FE campaign aims to generate £1,000,000 of social value through community action including volunteering, fundraising and charitable partnerships.

Over 100 colleges have already joined the campaign which builds on the huge success of FE Foodbank Friday. This saw colleges around the country come together during the pandemic to raise over £47,000 and collect more than 20,000 items for local foodbanks.

With demand for Foodbanks remaining high, this strand of activity will continue as part of Good for Me Good for FE, to ensure that communities continue to be supported with basic food needs.

In addition, staff and students who are keen to undertake voluntary and fundraising activities will be supported to do so. There is a strong link between volunteering and improved mental health* – a current key priority for colleges and their staff following such a challenging year.

College Principal James Scott, says:

“We are delighted to be involved in this exciting and important initiative. Working in partnership with colleges around the country means that we can have a really positive impact on both our own communities and those further afield.

“Colleges play a vital role as Anchor Institutions, which goes way beyond just education. Generating social value is key to helping our communities to prosper, particularly as economies begin to recover post-pandemic.

“We also know that helping others supports mental health and wellbeing – so this is certainly something we are keen to encourage via Good for Me Good for FE.”

The campaign is being spearheaded by London South East Colleges, East Coast College and Loughborough College. A list of college involved can be found here: https://www.lsec.ac.uk/news/31...

The Trafford College Community Partnership

The Trafford College Community Partnership brings together a range of local organisations who work collectively together to enhance our college offer to our students.

Colleges are often referred to as “anchor institutions” within the local community. We believe that it is essential to work with our local partners to provide the education provision that our communities require whilst reaffirming connections that create opportunities for our students. By joining with our partners, we can provide a more holistic experience that addresses all areas of our students’ educational, personal and social development needs.

The Community Partnership has four key aims:

  1. To provide an integrated approach for students to access a range of support and education services on an individual or group basis
  2. To develop specific community-based projects for particular subject areas across the curriculum which enhance the development of students’ knowledge and skills
  3. To provide volunteering opportunities for individual students to develop their role in the community and sense of civic duty
  4. To enable knowledge exchange and sharing of good practice amongst partners so that we all have a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities we face in our local area

This partnership therefore provides inclusive support for student challenges, it provides opportunities for student led social action and response to civic duty; in addition to offering creative opportunities for work experience as well as complementary educational activities.

This model of working is needed now more than ever before. The Community Partnership has been an integral part of the College’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and continues to enable much needed support for our students and their families. The partnership is also an essential part of the College’s wider strategy around community cohesion and inclusion, and will ensure that we remain an institution rooted in the needs and interests of the localities we serve.

For more information contact Michelle McLaughlin, Student Engagement & Learner Voice Lead on 0161 296 5622 or michelle.mclaughlin@tcg.ac.uk

Partners

  • Greater Manchester Police - Neighbourhood crime prevention.
  • Trafford Council – Supporting borough needs.
  • NHS Foundation Trust – Sexual health and advice
  • Early Break – Substance abuse prevention
  • The Samaritans – Health and wellbeing support
  • Loudspeaker – Citizenship and social enterprise – make your voice heard
  • Kooth – Mental health support for young people
  • Muslim Arts and Culture Festival – Celebrating culture and diversity
  • Altrincham Community Media – Creating youth opportunities
  • Nationwide Building Society – Financial resilience and awareness/youth opportunities
  • Trafford Domestic Abuse Service (TDAS) – Supporting healthy relationships
  • University Academy 92 – Progression opportunities
  • Parliamentary Outreach (North West) – Promoting British Values
  • Remembering Srebrenica (Charity) - Supporting community cohesion
  • Counselling and Family Centre – Counselling and mental health services for adults, children and young people
  • Proud Trust – LGBTQ social and support
  • Ugandaid (Charity) and Nile Vocational Institute – International skills sharing
  • Trafford Young Carers – Information and advice for young carers
  • Healthwatch (Youthwatch) – youth opportunities and youth voice.
  • Seashell Trust – Inclusion and diversity
  • Curious Minds – Creative opportunities
  • 42nd Street – Promoting emotional wellbeing and resilience
  • DePaul Charity – Homelessness prevention