Welsh Bacc learners roll up their sleeves to help people in need

Five learners from Bridgend College have recently been volunteering at the Sandville Self Help Centre in Ton Kenfig. These learners have kept themselves busy on Thursday afternoons by cleaning the church, the education centre and the log cabin.

Heather Jones from the Centre said, “They’ve also enjoyed hypnotherapy with Gwyneth and helped sort the shop. They’re not afraid of hard work at all, are very pleasant, great fun to be with and polite.

“They leave with a big thank you from Gwyneth and everyone at Sandville, but especially from me, as they’ve helped me a lot.”

At a surprise presentation, the learners handed Gwyneth £67 raised from a raffle and cake sale at the College.

The students; Bonnie Davies, Martha Thomas, Josef Hof, Sean Lake and Brendan Roberts, wrote a letter to all at the Sandville:

“We decided to help Sandville for our Welsh Baccalaureate Community Challenge. It is also a familiar place for two of our members Bonnie and Martha. We were intrigued by Gwyneth Poacher’s outstanding efforts in continuing to provide care and support from the day of opening, and still today.

“We hope to visit this incredible establishment again one day. We’ve loved every minute here and we were made most welcome. We have lots of memories to take back to College.”

Sandville Self Help Centre was established in February 1983, offering help in a relaxed and happy atmosphere and is open to all people suffering difficulties.

We’re extremely proud of our learners who have worked so hard to help change the lives of these people.

Sandville’s Gary Banks and Gwyneth Poacher with Bonnie Davies, Martha Thomas, Josef Hof and Sean Lake. Brendan Roberts was unavailable for the photo.) Photograph by Heather Jones.