Hundreds of learners who recently enrolled at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London attended Freshers’ Fairs this month at the College's two centres, picking up information and special offers from dozens of organisations.

The Freshers’ Fairs are organised by the College's Learner Support team, and this year they attracted more organisations and more learners than ever before. Karlene Sutherland, a member of the College's Enrichment Team, explained: “It's important for us that our learners receive an all-round experience of College life that matches the top quality teaching and facilities that we have. The Freshers’ Fairs that we hold at the start of every year are a great opportunity for our learners to see what's on offer, and the rich variety of activities they can get involved with while they're here.”

The College offers an extensive enrichment programme at both of its centres, including sports and social activities, trips abroad and special cultural events throughout the year. Second year Youth Justice student Chandne Syed said: “There are so many opportunities to get involved here – I did voluntary work through vTalent last year, I’m a member of the learner-led BRACE group, which encourages good relations between different cultures, and I’ve just run for election as a member of the Student Union.”

The Freshers Fairs also allow the College to introduce learners to the wide range of support services available to them. Anthony Robinson, Enrichment Manager for the College, explained: “Our aim is to ensure that nothing gets in the way of the learning experience, so it’s important to let our learners know about the support we offer – whether that's financial advice and assistance, helping with childcare arrangements or offering additional support around literacy and numeracy skills.”

The Fairs also attracted many external organisations, keen to work together with the College and offer information, services and special offers to its learners. These ranged from volunteering services to borough youth services and sexual health information.  Jane O'Neill, the College's Vice Principal for Curriculum and Learner Experience, said: “it's wonderful to see so many organisations from our local communities and beyond attending our Fresher's Fairs. It's a credit to the hard work of our Learner Support Services and their staff, and it demonstrates just how committed we are to helping our learners make the most of their time at the College.”

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