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On 2 December CONEL College took part in regional Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success Awards. The fantastic Tottenham Team 9, run by the college and supported by Haringey Police, won the Community Impact Award for their enterprising project.

As part of their course team 9 students spent four weeks doing a community project campaign on domestic violence dubbed “Every Voice Counts”. They were led by Detective Constable Joanne Watts from Haringey Police. For the campaign they produced strong marketing materials including posters and flyers. To get their message across a Facebook page and a twitter page were made, with retweets from high profile celebrities including TV presenter Philip Schofield and Oritse Williams, formerly in JLS. Creating a video, they hoped to spread as much awareness as they could for the community across North London. They also got wristbands, designed t-shirts, created a resource pack and carried out fundraising activities.

One of the students on the programme, Jake Elgar, spoke about the experience. He said “As a team, we’ve worked really hard, and to see this come together today is great and really fulfilling”. Another student on the programme, Charley, was very happy to be involved in the Prince’s Trust programme, saying “I have immensely enjoyed myself both today and through my time on the course. I’ve met great people and have truly learnt a lot about myself and what I can do”.

They were personally congratulated by Prince’s Trust director Dermot Finch and many of the charity sponsors such as Samsung and Nat West. Bob Clewley, Programme Executive from the Prince’s Trust said “Well done Team. It was a really great event yesterday with a packed house. Team 9 were worthy winners for such an innovative community project.”

The team have now been shortlisted for the national finals with a star-studded host of celebrities and HRH Princes Charles set to be present. The national finals
will be held next year.

Martin Bell, Course Team Leader in ESOL said “It’s an amazing achievement for team 9, I am immensely proud of the group. I hope the Prince’s Trust can help more young people unlock their potential in the future”.


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