All community service projects are varied, from bringing the community together with Music and Art, to physically helping with manual labour and repairs, to mentoring GCSE students at local state schools, to supporting nearby charity shops and care homes.
We hold an annual Senior Citizens’ party where we are joined in our summer marquee by over 150 guests who enjoy an afternoon of music and cakes as well as a general knowledge quiz. Primary Schools are invited onsite for a party day with various organised activities and games.
We are able to make good use of Gerald Moore Gallery by inviting local primary school children for art-based workshops and some of our talented musicians perform several concerts to various retirement homes throughout the year.
Eltham College has around 900 students and over 100 members of staff, with many more Old Elthamians, friends and family. It would be inappropriate for us to ignore what is happening in the world and not to try to help people less fortunate than ourselves.
For us it is not just a question of raising funds, but raising awareness and education are equally important. For this reason many of the charities provide speakers who address students in PSHE lessons, or in assembly, to give an informative talk on the problems faced and how their money will be spent. We have also tried to help in ways, other than asking for cash. The rugby kit for Romania is an example of such a scheme.
During the 2016/17 school year £14,655 was raised for various charities including:
- Own Clothes Days for Haiti Relief (Oxfam), Buikewe Project (Uganda), and the Willow Foundation
- Music Concert for War Child
- Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children
- MacMillan Coffee Morning
- Cake Sales for BBC Children in Need