Students at Bath College are using a volunteering project to spread festive cheer and raise money for the Salvation Army.

The group of students have raised £62 for the Salvation Army’s toy appeal to support local families in need at Christmas time. They are all part of the college’s Life and Independent Living Skills (LILS) programme, which focuses on developing life and work skills through practical classes.

Students from Bath College’s City Centre Campus and Somer Valley Campus all took part in carol singing at the Bath Christmas Market. Last week, students visited the Salvation Army’s base at the Bath Citadel to help pack boxes with Vocational Access Programme students for the toy appeal.

The group also enjoyed socialising on a trip to the Roman Baths and Radstock Museum to learn about the history of coal mining. They spent a day at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus taking part in Christmas themed sports activities and made Christingles with chaplain, Rob Popejoy.

Students have already been working with residents at St John’s Hospital and will be

visiting them again to help make Christmas decorations. Hayley Hayward-Boyle,

Student Engagement Officer, said: “It has been a privilege to work with the LILS students this week. The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal was a fantastic opportunity for them to get involved with our local community and make a difference to those that are in need.

“The students themselves were able to develop their team working skills, creativity and confidence and learn about the true meaning of Christmas.”