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Motivate students continue to contribute to the community

18th May 2015 <b>Motivate</b> students continue to contribute to the community

Engineering students at Calderdale College have been working on a community project in Field Lane, Rastrick.

The Field Lane project has turned a prominent grassed area on the Field Lane Estate in Rastrick into a community gateway which has growing space, informal play space, new pathways, shrubs and benches.  

This project came about after residents were concerned that the area was becoming unsightly. A group was set up with members including the Council, the Police and Pennine Housing who secured funding for the project.

Andrea Bloom, Chair of the Field Lane All Residents Association said: “I’d like to thank all those involved for all their hard work. I’m sure that this project will be an asset enabling all members of the community to enjoy at their leisure and will greatly improve the area, making it a more attractive place to live.”

The project was a partnership effort between tenants and residents, as well as young people from Calderdale College, Calderdale Council, William Henry School and Compass Bridge.

Students from the Calderdale College Engineering and Motor Vehicle Centre (Motivate), designed and built a Field Lane Gateway sign to welcome people to the area, utilising the skills they have gained as part of their course.

James Brezenski, Engineering student said: “On the sign I’ve mainly done a lot of the welding on it. I think it looks really good and I feel like I’ve achieved something, working in the community is something that I would like do again.”

Spencer Belson, Motivate Curriculum Coordinator said: “They wanted the college to be involved in the whole project. At the time we had quite a few students that came from Field Lane and they were keen to get involved. It’s taken about a year start to finish, but in real terms they’ve been working on the sign for about three weeks.”

When asked about the importance of community projects for his students, Spencer said: “It’s just a really nice way of getting their skills recognised, in years to come hopefully they’ll be able to drive past that sign and tell their kids ‘I did that’.”

Mayor of Calderdale, Patricia Allen said “I can remember what was here on this site, so what you’ve done on this project is absolutely amazing. I know it’s taken you a long time, but anything that is good, anything that is worth having is worth waiting for. You’ve finally got something amazing. I’d like to thank everyone that has contributed.”

Learners at Calderdale College are provided with a variety of opportunities to work within the community, giving them the valuable work experience they need to progress. For more information about our courses please call 01422 399399 or click here.

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