Big-hearted hairdressing and barbering students from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London have given their support to help hungry families in Tottenham.

They donated boxes and bags packed with food including tins of beans and soup, packets of pasta and rice as well as crisps, biscuits and chocolate to Tottenham Foodbank. The foodbank, based at Tottenham Town Hall next to the college’s Tottenham Centre, has seen demand for its service triple since the first COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020.

Hairdressing student Shanicka Dixon, 33, from Tottenham, said: “When I go home, I always see the long queue outside the foodbank. A lot more people are struggling and having to use them with the COVID crisis that is going on, and we wanted to help them. Even if we help just a few families, that is something.”

Another student Shvan Jihad, 29, from Enfield, said: “Many, many people are not working and may need food. It’s nice to be able to give something back. When you do something good in your life, you feel better.”

Student Dennis Dobosan, 17, from Stamford Hill, added: “It feels good to help, and it’s nice to give back to people in need.”

Tottenham Foodbank opened in November 2019. Many of those using the service are elderly, disabled or have become unemployed due to the huge economic impact of the pandemic.

The foodbank was set up the Freedom’s Ark Church, also based at the town hall, and The Trussell Trust, a charity that supports more than 1,200 foodbanks nationwide.

Church Administrator Aleisha Armah said: “It’s been a very difficult year for everybody and families have been hit the hardest, but many organisations are rising up to meet the challenge.

“It’s not easy hearing from people in distress saying they haven’t eaten for a week. We take so much for granted. When you think of people being hungry you often think of people outside this country, but there are so many people here in poverty, particularly in London.

“People have been so generous when it comes to donations, and with their time when it comes to manpower and effort, and I want to say a big thank you to the college students and staff for their support. Donations are always welcome, we’ll always find space for them and they always going to go to people who really appreciate it.”

The students decided to make donation as part of a unit of their Hairdressing and Barbering – Level 1 Certificate course relating to community action.

Sandra Burgher, Course Team Leader in Beauty Therapy, said: “The students were very keen to help the foodbank and support families in their local community. They were delighted with the support from students and staff at the college and thank them for their kindness and generosity.”

Find out how to make a donation to the Tottenham Foodbank. If you don’t live in Tottenham, but want to help your local foodbank, find out where your nearest foodbank is, here.

Ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 kick-off, our Football Academy team captain went head-to-head with the head coach on their predictions for the tournament. The Football Academy at CONEL is based at our Enfield Centre and is run in partnership with Spiral Sports and Fulham FC.

Team captain Ibrahim Sidibe and head coach Josemar Santos put their football knowledge to the test to give their verdicts on this summer’s European Championships. Do you agree with them?

The tournament, which was postponed last year because of COVID-19, is being held across the continent for the first time and starts on 11 June.

Ibrahim Sidibe
Josemar Santos
Who is going to win Euro 2020?FrancePortugal 
Who will they beat in the final?EnglandGermany
What will be the score in the final?3-1 win to France2-1 win to Portugal 
Who will score the winning goal?Kylian MbappéBruno Fernandes
Who will win the Golden Boot?Harry KaneCristiano Ronaldo
How far will England go in the competition?Runner-upQuarter-final 
What will be the score in England’s first match against Croatia?2-1 win to England0-0
Who will be England’s top scorer?Harry KaneHarry Kane

The Football Academy competes in Association of Colleges leagues and provides professional coaching, fitness training, injury rehabilitation, nutrition advice, technical analysis.

CONEL also runs a Basketball Academy, Martial Arts Academy and Athletics Academy. The academies are available to students who are aged 16-18 on 31 August on the year they enrol. They must be enrolled on a full-time course at our Enfield Centre either as a CONEL student or as a City and Islington College student at our Sixth Form Hub, at the Enfield Centre. Elite players and athletes in any of our sports Academies can apply to become a college-sponsored athlete worth up to £2,500 per year.

Find out more about our Sports Academies.

Capital City College Group, which includes the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London alongside City and Islington College and Westminster Kingsway College, has partnered with Founders Forum to launch the first tuition-free coding school in the UK to improve diversity in tech and bridge the digital skills gap. 01 Founders is an innovative free coding school that is unusual because it does not feature teachers. Instead, students will be taught by 01 Edu software, solving gamified projects at their own pace while learning from their peers.

Students completing the two-year course will also be guaranteed a job at the end of the course as part of 01 Founders’ commitment to train 100,000 software engineers by 2030. 01 Founders is now accepting applications for its first London cohort of 250 students to start in October 2021.

Roy O’Shaughnessy, CEO of the group, said: “Capital City College Group is delighted to be a partner in this exciting new educational venture – a first for the UK. We were the pioneers of free further education courses in London and 01Founders’ new coding school takes this concept to the next level. It will give anyone, regardless of their background, previous experience or educational level the key coding and digital skills they will need to transform their career chances and their lives. The school is a real innovation in education and we are thrilled to be a part of it.”

01 Founders was co-founded by Brent Hobermann, the face behind online brands including and, and is backed by entrepreneurs, tech firms and educationalists.

The course is powered by 01 Edu, an internationally acclaimed pedagogy co-founded by Nicolas Sadiric, which has built similar coding schools with an alumni of more than 25,000 globally. Students complete core coding training for 18 months and then choose a specialism for the final six months from game development, artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

Joysy John, CEO of 01 Founders: “We believe that digital skills give you the ability to shape the world around you. But, for too long, women, ethnic minorities and those from low socio-economic backgrounds have been underrepresented in technology. 01 Founders is starting a nationwide movement that removes the barriers to job-ready technical training. It’s a coding school for ambitious individuals from every background, regardless of experience.”

Students are pre-selected based on a short cognitive test followed by a month-long selection process over the summer. Applicants must be over 18 by 1 September 2021. No previous experience or academic qualifications are required.

For more information, and to apply, please visit 01 Founders at Capital City College Group.