Benenden Outreach Programme Launches Back to archive
2nd October 2017

More than 50 girls in the Upper Fifth and Sixth Form have recently embarked on outreach work, which the girls themselves have named the Benenden Outreach Programme.

It marks a significant expansion of our previous outreach work, which has been made possible by adjusting the timetable to free the girls up on Tuesday afternoons.

As well as fulfilling roles at existing partners, including reading to children at Benenden Primary School, helping at the village cafe and socialising with adults with learning disabilities at The Grange care home in the village, girls this week have started helping at new venues.

These include Sissinghurst Primary School, where they read with the children and run a sports club, and Tenterden and District Day Care Centre (see photo below), where they socialise with the elderly residents, perform music and work in the centre's charity shop in Tenterden High Street.

The Benenden Outreach Programme will continue to expand, with more than 80 girls in these year groups having already expressed an interest in carrying out voluntary work in the community. In future we look to include younger girls in the programme as well.

Matt Commander, Deputy Head Staff and Co-Curricular, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for the girls at Benenden to really contribute to the local community, so I am delighted that so many of them have volunteered to take part in this programme.

"The whole ethos is to build up long-term contact time, so the girls are really getting to know the children or adults they are working with, and they are learning so much from these real-life experiences."

In addition to the life skills and knowledge that girls gain from voluntary work, it also links to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and UCAS applications.