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Outstanding Charity at Lambeth Primary School

As part of the local WE Charity schools programme, pupils from Sunnyhill Primary School in the London Borough of Lambeth have been working with local care homes and Age UK, to care for older members of their community. Since learning that 1.9 older people often feel ignored or invisible, children at the school were shocked at how much of impact loneliness had on physical and mental health and started to take the initiative to support the elderly. Pupils from the school have organised many events and activities, including chess competitions, singing performances, inter-generational bake off’s and gardening together at the local community garden.

This week, Year 6 pupils received dementia training, so that they can gain a better understanding of the effects of the syndrome. A Year 6 pupil, aged 10 said: “I have learnt lots of facts about loneliness and the elderly which made me feel like I can do something about it. I will always help someone with dementia and make sure they are accepted in the community.”

Gemma Clark, Pupil Voice Coordinator added: “Our pupils have gained a whole new understanding for the elderly through taking part in this project.  Their respect and empathy for older people have grown and they have taken an interest in new hobbies such as chess and dominos.  I have been so proud of their mature and generous attitudes so far and I know they still have lots to give and learn over the coming months.” –

Sunnyhill Primary School has been actively involved with the WE Schools programme for many years, a charity programme which over 16,000 schools in the UK, Canada and the U.S are involved in. As part of Team London Young Ambassadors, the Mayor’s volunteering programme for schools, which connects young Londoners with their communities through social action, Sunnyhill Primary School received a small grant to help further their action towards their project “Bridging the Generations”.

WE Schools engage with 4.3 million young people, to create positive, lasting change on both a local and global level. The children and schools who have taken part, are invited to WE Day – a celebration of young people committed to making a difference.

In the UK, this is being celebrated on 6th March at The SSE Arena, Wembley, where we will see 12,000 children from across the UK come together who have made a difference in their communities.  Deservedly earning their place at WE Day, Sunnyhill Primary School has will be joining other students from all over the UK for a star-studded line up of world-renowned speaks and A-list performers. WE Day is the world’s largest youth empowerment event of its kind celebrating student’s efforts in transforming communities and changing lives.

In the UK, WE Schools have created a total social impact value of £2,2827,660 in support of local and global issues.

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