Thornbury students reap benefits of volunteering

Remarkable students from Castle School Sixth Form who have spent the last 8 months working to better their community, improve the lives of Thornbury residents and support their peers in the Lower School have been recognised for their volunteering achievements with an Award ceremony in the Sixth Form Drama Hall. Sixth formers who took part in Castle School’s volunteering programme “Castle in the Community”, acted as peer mentors for younger students classmates or volunteered under their initiative were rewarded for their contribution at the ceremony on Thursday 2 May.

They were presented with certificates for their outstanding contribution by Sarah Ockenden, Head of the Sixth Form, who said that the school were immensely proud of the students’ achievements and that they had all made a difference to the lives of other people.  Kevin Simpson of Thornbury Lions Club then said a few words about the work and ethos of the Lions as they had, once again, very kindly sponsored this Ceremony.

Testimonials written by the host organisations on their students were glowing in their praise and included comments such as: “They are a credit to Castle School and we would welcome them back at any time” and “Your skills have been invaluable to all students and we have all benefited from your help and enthusiasm”.

Students have been placed in 17 local organisations and their roles have included befriending, fundraising, charity shop work and reading buddies.

Kim Webb, Development co-ordinator for Thornbury Volunteer Centre explained “The benefits to students and organisations are immense. The students gain valuable work experience and life skills and the organisations increase capacity and gain additional volunteer help”.

“Castle in the Community” has just completed its seventh year in partnership with Thornbury Volunteer Centre and preparations for next year’s scheme will get underway soon. To get involved please contact Kim Webb at Thornbury Volunteer Centre on 01454 413392 or

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