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27th April 2018

Hundreds of students and staff from Stafford College celebrated their annual Equality & Diversity Day on Wednesday 25 April.

Students and staff from the College were invited to participate in a wide range of interactive workshops, games and quizzes as well as sample a selection of world foods created by students at The Riverbank Restaurant at Stafford College.

The College also welcomed guest speakers to their Equality & Diversity Day, including inspirational speaker, Pervez Hussain, who spoke to students about the difficulties he has faced after going blind at the age of 23, and Stafford Welcomes Refugees delivered a talk to Health and Social Care students about a young Syrian refugee’s experience on transitioning into family life in the UK and how professionals in the industry could support others like him going forward. Also, a number of male early year’s professionals came in to talk about gender and equality and what it’s like to be a male and work in a female dominated industry.

The College’s talented creative students held an Anthony Gormley inspired clay representation sculpture stand, which was available for students and staff to make small scale figurines to represent themselves. Sports students held a number of football activities including sitting and blind football and a World Cup themed 6-a-side tournament, Stafford Town Football Club, Evans Park.

Representatives from national and local charities including Shelter, Douglas Macmillan Hospice and Barnardo’s, also took part in the day by delivering a variety of activities at the College such as cake stalls, ice cream stands and a ‘guess the number of sweets in a jar’ competition.

Lynsey Shearsmith, Student Engagement Co-ordinator at Stafford College, said: “‘The Equality & Diversity Day was a vibrant event with a range of activities celebrating our diverse college community and showcasing the talents of our students. It was wonderful to see so many students engaged in the event and displaying their commitment to equality.’

Stafford College has a large team of experienced and specialised staff including Student Welfare Officers and Counsellors to help support students during their time at the College. The Additional Learning Support team also support students with specific learning difficulties and provide tailored support and assessments to ensure they are achieving the best of their ability.

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