Holy Family reduce, reuse and recycle to help community

Date published: 18 July 2021

Pupils from Holy Family RC Primary School in Rochdale are making a difference in their local community, thanks to the Premier League Primary Stars programme delivered by Rochdale AFC Community Trust.

The ‘Change the World Team’ team, named by the children from the school, worked with Graham Hicks, Primary Stars Co-ordinator, to deliver an impactful social action project.

The pupils held discussions and surveys in school before deciding on the mission to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to benefit their local community.

This social action project was developed using #iWill principles of great social action, ensuring the project was challenging, youth-led, socially impactful, progressive, embedded and reflective.



Graham Hicks, who leads the Primary Stars programme locally, said: “The pupils were rally passionate about the local community and came up with many ideas of how they could make an impact.

“It was great to see the children really engaged. They identified the problem, what could be done and then put a plan into action and the results were fantastic.

“Not only did we make an immediate difference to Balderstone Park, but the children realised that they can play a huge part in their local community.

“The next project is an art project using bottle tops, highlighting the need to take bottle tops off before recycling, and they will also be switching to reusable water bottles in school to further cut down on disposable plactic.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how the group further develop their ideas.”

Premier League Primary Stars is a programme designed to inspire primary school children in everything from English to maths as well as PE, sports days and social action projects through curriculum and values linked lessons.

Rochdale AFC Community Trust is funded to deliver the project locally and is looking for schools who would like to get involved in the programme, which is offered totally free to schools in Rochdale.

For more information please get in touch with Graham Hicks or check out the 2021/22 schools' brochure here.

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