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. 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 a number of charities, core to who we are are and our aims to make a real difference locally, nationally and globally. In consultation with pupils, from September 2019 Felsted will be supporting the following four charities:
Our pioneering student led charity team has developed a programme that seeks to create genuine partnerships with these charities; it is not just about fundraising, but actively supporting and making a difference for everyone.
Sparkle Malawi and Magic Bus are two charities that we will continue to actively support, as founded by our own Felstedians.
Felsted Footprints charity event 2019
Every year, Felsted School sponsors 30 students to access education in rural Uganda.
Teach Uganda's mission is to help transform the community in Kanungu, one of the most deprived regions in Uganda, by giving young people the opportunity to escape from poverty.
We believe that to change the situation for those most in need, first we must start with schools.
The charity was founded by Hamlet and Kellen Mbabazi. 100% of what we give goes straight to the school - not one penny is wasted on government agencies, NGO's (Non-Government Organisations) or corruption transfers - the charity is run by volunteers who are committed to the schools being run by Ugandans for Ugandans.
Teach Uganda runs several schools in Kanungu:
- Kirima Parents' Primary School
- Nyakabungo Parents' Primary School
- Great Lakes High School
- Great Lakes Regional University
Although primary education is theoretically free in Uganda, many children do not attend school, as parents are actually required to make a financial contribution. The quality of schooling is often poor, and parents would rather keep their children to work at home.
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.
Founded over 100 years ago, the Felsted Mission, Ascension Church and Community Centre provides a nightshelter, free lunches and activities for children and the elderly. Felsted pupils visit regularly and raise funds in support of their activities.
In the mid 19th Century, the poor but developing area of Royal Docks was brought to the attention of the Headmaster of Felsted. His actions led to the founding of the Felsted School Mission Association which proposed that every master, prefect and pupil pay a subscription to the Association. This funding meant that in 1887 a small brick and iron mission building could be built in Baxter Road, Custom House. By 1891 – just four years later – the mission had outgrown its first home. The Felsted School Mission Association contributed to the £5,500 cost of building a new centre and a former Felsted student, JEK Cutts, was appointed as architect. The new centre was dedicated on Ascension Day, 8th May 1902.
Today, the Felsted Mission, together with the Ascension Community Trust continues to work to fulfill its calling to be a church in the community, for the community, in the 21st century.
Every Tuesday & Thursday, a lunch is held for elderly members of the community. For some participants, this is their only chance to get out and about! The lunches are a lifeline for those who enjoy good food and conversation.
Felsted making a difference at the Nightshelter
The Ascension Church works with the local community through a Garden Cafe and youth activities, promoting fitness and social interaction. This now extends to the Royal Docks Academy, where one 100% bursary is offered to a pupil each year to attend Felsted School. Funded mainly by Old Felstedians and current students, the Felsted School Mission contributes some £40,000 per year to the Ascension. This goes towards helping to offer activities for the community. The resources we provide employ a youth worker, fund the football academy, contribute to the nightshelter and provide equipment for the youth club.
Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
They provide support and teach strategies so that young people can cope with life’s adversities, find help when needed and succeed in life.
The help Young Minds provide is in great demand. For example, it is estimated that 1 in 10 children between the ages of 5-16 have a diagnosable mental health problem, more than 80,000 children suffer from severe depression and 1 in 12 young people self harm. Despite these alarming statistics, only 0.7% of the total NHS budget is dedicated to supporting young people’s mental health.
Donations to Young Minds are used to provide support in schools to raise awareness and help break down the stigma of mental health. They also offer a Parents Helpline, to provide support to distressed parents and help them gain the knowledge they need to support their children. You can see how our donations from Felsted will really make a difference to these young people’s lives.
Anyone can become homeless, and sleeping rough can be dangerous and cause damage to health.
The longer someone sleeps rough, the greater the risk that they will become trapped on the streets and vulnerable to becoming a victim of abuse and crime, developing drug or alcohol problems, or experiencing problems with their health.
Rough sleepers may not be known to local services because they remain out of sight, bedding down at different times of day or night, and moving from place to place.
Not all rough sleepers are aware that advice and support is available to them.
Felsted seeks to help unlock the door of opportunity so that finding shelter can lead to, security, education, employment, a home and a future.
CHESS (Churches Homeless Emergency Support Scheme) seeks to relieve homelessness and related hardship and distress amongst single adults in Chelmsford and Essex, through the provision of support services and temporary accommodation that helps them move on in their lives.
For those people who are sleeping rough, CHESS can provide support in the form of food & drink, hygiene and laundry facilities, sleeping bags, clothing and toiletries.
CHESS is a small charity which has given help and support to hundreds of homeless people since it was launched 21 years ago.
CHESS believes that everyone is of equal worth and equally deserving of respect. Because of this, they are determined to help everyone make a fresh start. Finding shelter, finding a home is vital for everyone and CHESS can help.
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.
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 actively 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.