Furness College students and staff have been pulling out all the stops to support National Mental Health Awareness Week with a range of activities and fundraising events.
Catering students raised nearly £100 through a charity bake sale in aid of Mind in Furness, baking and selling delicious cakes and slices.
Meanwhile, Channelside students had the chance to try out a new sport – Archery Tag – while also competing a Strava run/walk and lifestyle change challenges to be in with the chance of winning a £25 Amazon voucher.
At the Rating Lane sixth form campus, a group of A Level Psychology students created a range of resources and displays to raise awareness and benefits of good mental health.
Isabela Ignat, Head of Area for Hospitality, Hair and Beauty Therapy, Sport and Public Services at Furness College, said the catering students had completed the bake sale as part of a community action project during National Mental Health Awareness Week for their course in and produced a hamper for Barrow Foodbank.
“The project has been a real challenge, but the students have done amazingly well. They have been very professional and produced really high-quality cakes for the bake sale. We are all very proud of them,” she said. “I’d also like to thank students and staff at Furness College for their support and kind donations.”
The sports co-ordinators organised a range of activities to help students get active and clear their mind, including archery tag which is designed to get people moving and keeping fit but in a fun and engaging way.
Matt Jefferson, Physical Activity Coordinator at Furness College, said: “This is a new activity that we are able to showcase through our Sport England funding and we are giving opportunities to all classes to join in and enjoy themselves, while showcasing our excellent facilities.”
He said the sports challenges had been popular with students and students recording their results and the ‘Be Kind to your Mind’ challenge had helped to raise awareness of the importance of looking after both physical and mental health.
To find out more about courses at Furness College, visit the Channelside campus on Saturday 26th June 10am to 2pm for Open Day.
To find out more about our catering courses visit: https://www.furness.ac.uk/courses/16-18/full-time/596/Catering%20&%20Hospitality
To find out more about our sports courses visit: https://www.furness.ac.uk/courses/16-18/full-time/662/Sport
To find out more about our A Level Psychology course visit: https://www.furness.ac.uk/courses/course-detail/course/a-level-psychology/