College students helping to educate local children about Uniformed Public Services

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College students helping to educate local children about Uniformed Public Services

05 January 2015

UPS students talk to schools

Uniformed Public Services (UPS) students from Bracknell & Wokingham College have recently begun a series of events designed to help children from the local community to learn and understand what the military and police forces do for the community and the country as a whole.

These events began with a visit to the 1st Priestwood Guides where 25 Guides and four leaders were treated to an evening of fun filled activities using Braybrooke Recreation Ground with the kind permission of Bracknell Forest Council.

The activities included tracking a camouflaged student as they tried to hide, cooking rations and trying out military equipment including radios, thermal imaging cameras, night vision goggles, bergens and webbing.

Daniel Bell, a former UPS student and now a staff volunteer for the course, is the organiser of these events and explained why he wanted to get involved:

“I wanted to do the event because I have previously done similar events with the Army Cadets over the last 5 years, since leaving the Cadets I have been asked to come back and do events for 2nd Bracknell Scout Group, the word quickly spread around and before I knew it I was being asked by several different groups to run similar evenings.

“The evening itself was designed to give the girls an idea of what the military does for the country in a fun, informative and hands-on way, this also gave my students the chance to deal with community groups in a professional way like they will have to when they are in the Public Services.

“I think the event overall went very well and I was especially touched at the end of the evening because we were presented with a card and several boxes of chocolates as a thank you.”

Guide Leader Caroline Aylen was delighted with the outcome of the event:

“We had a great night and the girls really enjoyed getting outside; being able to get their hands on all the kit and tasting rations was definitely a big hit – I think weirdly a few will be asking parents for rations for dinner!!  We'd definitely love to be involved in more sessions.”

Daniel currently has at least nine further Army evenings for other local children’s community groups set up and is also looking to arrange some Police information evenings where the groups will get the opportunity to solve a ‘crime’ for themselves. If any other community groups would like one of these presentations Daniel can be contacted through the college.

If you are interested in our Uniformed Public Services course or any of our other vocational or A Level courses come to our Open Event on Saturday 15 November, visit http://www.bracknell.ac.uk/, or call 01344 868600 to find out more.

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