Freshers' FairStudent Potchu Mendes Calucane chats to CONEL Sportsmaker Rob Murphy about sports activities at the Freshers’ Fair.

Newly enrolled students attended the first of two Freshers’ Fairs at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London’s (CONEL) Enfield Centre this week (20 September). 

The second fair will take place at CONEL’s Tottenham Centre on 27 September.

Hundreds of students discovered more about activities and support services provided by the College and other organisations at the event.

Business student Gaelle Mundeke, 18, said: “I just signed up to the Martial Arts Academy. I’ve never done anything like that before, and they encouraged me to give it a go.

“I used to do a lot of fitness and was 100m sprinter. I gave it up because of an injury and  thought this would be good to get back into a healthy lifestyle.”

English for Speakers of Other Languages student Patrik Havlik, 16, said: “There’s a lot of opportunities for young people out there, and it was good to find out about them and how I can get involved.”

Freshers' FairGloria Anane and Adetola Adekola, right, talk to Kirstie Warman and Shamim Miah from Bywaters.

Many of the organisations attending welcomed the chance to meet the students and explain more about how their services can support them during their studies.

Rebecca Gocke, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, from Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, said: “Many young people have difficulties with stress, whether its personal or preparing for exams, and events enable us to tell them there is support out there and about the therapies we provide.”

Georgia Violari, Volunteer from Enfield Voluntary Action, said: “Voluntary work is a great way for young people to gain experience to put on their CVs.

“We’ve had a good level of interest among the students who’ve been keen to find out more about what they can do, and how it can help them in the future.”

Among the groups attending the fair were Enfield Council, Volunteering Matters, Bringing Unity Back into the Community (BUBIC), Bywaters, Enfield Voluntary Action, The Goal League, National Citizen Service and Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust.

There were also stands promoting CONEL’s Sports Academies and other enrichment activities, including information on becoming a Student Ambassador for the College.

If your organisation would like to attend an event or support students at CONEL call 020 8442 3055.

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