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NI's further education colleges join initiative to support local communities

The initiative builds on the success of 'FE Foodbank Friday', which saw colleges across the UK come together to collect almost 47,000 items for local foodbanks

NORTHERN Ireland's six further education (FE) colleges have joined a new initiative to help staff and students support and connect with local communities.

The Good for Me Good for FE programme will see participants get involved in volunteering, fundraising and charitable partnerships over the next 12 months.

It builds on the success of'FE Foodbank Friday, which saw colleges across the UK come together to collect almost 47,000 items for local foodbanks.

With demand for foodbanks remaining high in Northern Ireland, this activity will continue as part of the latest initiative to ensure that communities continue to be supported with basic food needs.

In addition, staff and students will be able to undertake voluntary and fundraising activities. So far, 29,182 volunteering hours have been logged and £20,500 generated.

Ken Webb, chair of the College Principals group said: "Northern Ireland’s six further education colleges are delighted to be involved in this exciting and important initiative.

"Working in partnership with colleges around the UK means that we can have a really positive impact on both our communities and those further afield.

"Our colleges play a vital role in the community, which goes far beyond just education.

"Good for Me Good for FE captures and maximises this hard work, bringing our sector together to support social mobility and aspiration.

"Generating social value is key to helping our communities prosper, particularly as Northern Ireland as a region begins to recover post-pandemic."

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