Charity, Fundraising and Community Service
Felsted students quickly learn the value of volunteering: service to the school, local, national and global communities forms a central part of the Felsted ethos and is underpinned throughout by the Service elements of CAS (IB Diploma), Duke of Edinburgh's Award and the Round Square.
In addition to completing one or more of these awards, by the time students leave the school, many will have chosen to take the initiative with a service project of their own.
Charity and Fundraising Work
The School Charity Team develops a programme of events and ideas to encourage Felstedians to grow as global citizens. The team decide which charities the School will support and assist the Houses in choosing how to deploy their efforts.
The School is committed to building partnerships with our four core charities:
An Orphanage in Zomba, founded by former Felstedian Sarah Brook. Since 2016 Felsted has raised over £100,000 for the charity which has resulted in water provision, classrooms and transport for the orphanage, amongst other things. The Sparkle Foundation now aims to create a range of small-scale sustainable projects, which will trigger large-scale change in Malawi and communities worldwide.
Founded by former Felstedian, Matthew Spacie MBE; over £100,000 has been raised to support sports education and relief to Indian street children in Mumbai. The charity steers children towards an improved life with better awareness, life skills and opportunities, in the journey from childhood to livelihood. Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the project in April 2016 and now a regular contingent from Felsted visits the charity to support them in their work every year.
Founded over 100 years ago, the Ascension Church and Community Centre provides a nightshelter, free lunches and activities for children and young people. Felsted has supported the Mission for many years, with pupils going there regularly and raising funds in support of their activities.
In 2016 Felsted raised £8,600 to pioneer South Western Uganda’s first ever A Level Science course. Mr Townsend visited Great Lakes High School in July 2016 to open the ‘Felsted Multi Use Sports Pitch’, along with 17 Felstedians who played the first ever football and netball matches at the School. Begun just 18 years ago under a tree, Felstedians have helped develop a child sponsorship programme that today supports six schools. A biennial trip now takes place, with a group of Felstedians in support of the charity, led by Felsted Chaplain, Reverend Little.
Local Community Service
Many students choose to assist in the school or local community on a regular basis. Activities recently carried out have included:
- Volunteering to assist regularly in a residential care home or charity shop
- Volunteering to assist with a local environmental or sustainability project
- Participating regularly in the CCF or Corps of Drums
- Mentoring and coaching younger students in a specific area, such as sport, music or drama
- Running the PHAB afternoon at Felsted for disabled adults
- Receiving First Aid training, and learning about the work of the Emergency Services
- Planning and running the infrastructure for Felsted Model United Nations
International Service Projects
On reaching the Sixth Form, many of our students will volunteer for an international service project, whether through the Round Square, through Magic Bus, as part of their Gold DofE or CAS programmes, or simply on their own initiative. Recent examples of International Service Projects undertaken by Felsted students include:
- Assisting Magic Bus in their work with Indian Street children in Mumbai, after several months of prior fundraising
- Participating in a Round Square service project in rural Thailand
- Helping to rebuild a community school in Peru
- Assisting with building projects in the slums of Kibera, Kenya
It is clear that the vast majority of students leave Felsted with a well developed social conscience, with a desire to go out an make a difference in the world around them.