Hundreds of newly enrolled students attended The College of Haringey Enfield and North East London’s annual Freshers’ Fairs this week.
Fairs were held at the Tottenham and Enfield Centres to promote activities, volunteering opportunities and support services at the College and in the local community.
Among the organisations at the events were Haringey Council, Barclays, St John Ambulance, Reach Out, Volunteering Matters, Mind in Haringey, Middlesex Football Association, Compass and the National Citizen Service.
Lina Hailu, 27, who is studying a Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care, was keen to hear about the charity Henry (Health, Exercise, Nutrition for the Really Young), which supports parents give their child a healthy start in life.
She said: “I love children, and really interested in doing some work with them. I want to be a nurse and this will really give me confidence and good experience working with children and families.”
The fairs also proved popular with many of the organisations that attended.
“There is a lot of misinformation out there about drink and substance misuse and they’re at the age when there’s a lot of peer pressure,” said Qas Bandali from Compass, a drug and alcohol support service in Enfield.
“It’s good just to be here, so they know where they can go for help.”
Helen Menczykowski, from the National Citizen Service which arranges personal development activity breaks, said: “Event like this are really good. Everyone we have spoken to has been really interested to find our more.
“They have been really keen to sign up and get the experience we can offer, which will help them get the skills for jobs or on their courses.”
If your organisation is interested in attending an event at CONEL or supporting students through activities, work placements or services call 020 8442 3055.