On Sunday 11th July, Mr Murray and four of our students represented the entire academy to host a fantastic event in the local community.
Students Charlotte, Lucy, Lillie and Sinead, and Mr and Mrs Murray worked alongside The Sheerness Salvation Army and Community Connectors from Kent County Council to provide vulnerable members of the local community with the opportunity to meet and and engage with one another, whilst enjoying a delicious, home-made afternoon tea prepared beautifully by Mrs Mag Murray.
Following COVID-19 precautions, guests were seated by our student team and they worked tirelessly to ensure that every special guest had everything they needed. The food on offer included a variety of home-made sandwiches, fresh scones with cream and jam and decadent cakes, some of which were baked in the kitchen at the Salvation Army Hall in the centre of Sheerness. The student team, as well as Major Lynne Clifton from the Salvation Army and the other volunteers were on hand to pass the refreshments around, and chat with the guests and they allowed them to take a few little treats home with them in a box provided by the organisers.
This is the second event of its kind and already, connections are being formed within the community as some guests were able to re-connect with those they had met for the first time at the initial event in June. Community Connector Jackie Swann from Kent County Council has played a big role in both events, and said of it; "These events provide a great opportunity to those who are lonely and isolated to engage at the weekends. The organisers and young ladies from the Oasis Academy, take time out of their own weekends to provide this treasured opportunity for those who need it and they are quickly becoming very popular", and we could not agree more.
Thank you to everyone involved, including Mr and Mrs Murray, our fantastic students and our community partners. It is great to see our community coming together and our students giving up their free-time to play their part. We look forward to the next one.