Oakwood Court youngsters run coffee morning and lunch club

It is always good to get feedback on how our students are progressing, particularly when this is linked to our partnership work within the local community. Here is a report from Marie Whitehead of the Dawlish Strand Centre.

It is wonderful having the young people from Oakwood Court College run weekly events at the Strand Centre!

At the coffee morning, the girls were very shy at first and nervous to talk to any of the customers, but now they chat to familiar faces and tell them any news. They are always nicely dressed and polite. One girl said she was enjoying doing the coffee morning “because the old people are so nice!”

For the Lunch Club, the boys are always so neatly dressed and follow instructions well. They seem very proud of their special catering clothes and we are impressed that they wear their plastic gloves at all times. They are still quiet but when spoken to directly respond with simple responses. The elderly folk who come to the Lunch Club speak very highly of the boys and a couple have change from another Lunch Club to attend with the students.

At the centre we have learnt more about Food Hygiene standards from the staff at the College so that has been excellent for us too.

Oakwood Court College has always been a part of Dawlish but I think this experience is enhancing their part of the community in a very happy way.

Thank you very much to all the staff and students - it’s a pleasure working with you!”

The Strand Centre is run by the Strand Community Trust.

The Trust’s objects are:

1. to maintain and manage a community centre for the use of the residents of the town of Dawlish and visitors to the town

2. to provide or cause to be provided educational, social, physical and spiritual programmes or events in or related to the Centre

3. to support the activities and charitable purposes of Dawlish United Reformed Church.

The Centre’s building

The Trust has leased the building of Dawlish United Reformed Church so that it can become a community resource in the centre of the town. The Strand Church (formerly Dawlish United Reformed Church) fully supports this proposal, and is working closely with the Strand Trust to develiop programmes for the community.


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