27 November 2013

Over 150 A Level students purchased tickets to see their fellow students take part in the show, which was held in the college’s Bob Michell Performance Theatre. Twelve acts took to the stage showcasing their individual talents in front of a sell-out audience which included staff and pupils from Baverstock Academy.

The night featured a variety of singers, poets, dancers and musicians and was organised by twenty-four students from the college who work with the Baverstock Academy Young Carers Project on a regular basis. The students, who are in their second year of A Levels, visit the Young Carers Project at The Baverstock Academy once a week to provide peer support and activities for pupils who have caring responsibilities at home.

The activity is part of Cadbury College’s enrichment programme and has been designed to boost confidence and help students develop vital skills required for a CV or university application.

Eighteen year old Sylvia Nampijja from Stirchley is one of the students involved in the project. Currently studying A Level Chemistry, Biology and Psychology, she plans to become a midwife. Sylvia commented: “It’s a great opportunity to work with children and to help others. I’ve found it really rewarding.”

Kim Peckover, Attendance and Welfare Manager at The Baverstock Academy, said: "We are delighted Baverstock Young Carers are supported by Cadbury College students who offer weekly micro teaching sessions which are enjoyable and informative. We are also appreciative of the fund raising events which will offer fun and educational visits for our young carers."

Lynnette Elshawarby, Vice Principal for Learner Experience at Cadbury College, said “Our students organised a fantastic night of entertainment and raised a considerable amount of money for the young carers group. In addition to this, they also gained extra skills and experience which will help them prepare for their future careers.”

The Baverstarz Variety Night raised over £350 and will pay for a special Christmas activity trip for the young carers.