NCL Student Parliament News

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In January we launched our campaign to try and provide a meal for 10% of the homeless population. ‘Tin for the Tenth’ is a campaign with a mission to get every student in the UK to bring in one tin for a homeless person that can then be donated to a charity.

Students at New College Leicester discovered that the time after Christmas is the hardest for people who are homeless and so decided to do something about this, to ask for every student in Leicester to bring in one tin that can be donated to a homeless organisation. If all students in Leicester City did this, students found that they could provide a meal for over 10% of the homeless population. ‘Tin for the Tenth’ is their hope to galvanise the school councils across primary and secondary in the city to gather one tin of food from each child and this to be donated to a homeless charity. The campaign also wants to raise awareness of homelessness and its causes in an attempt to challenge the stigma and prejudice often aimed at vulnerable groups. Liz Kendall MP launched the ‘Tin for the Tenth’ day and is encouraging all city schools to get involved and make a pledge to donate tins.

Yasmine Al Saket, a member of the student parliament at New College Leicester, says “We are the future, young people need to make a stand and say enough is enough, look what young people can do, if adults are not solving the issue, we will try”.

Mrs S Shortland, Head of Citizenship at New College Leicester, says, “I am hopeful that student councils across Leicester will join with the students at New College Leicester. Homelessness is visible and of concern to our students and ’Tin for the Tenth’ is a student driven, student led campaign which is developing their skills of active participation and building their confidence in tackling a very complex issue. Their message is simple, one student, one tin. What a difference that would make in supporting the work of homeless organisations”.

So far, we have collected over 300 tins from students at New College Leicester and created a short film that can be seen on our Twitter site and sent letters to other schools to join the campaign. Fullhurst, Soar Valley and Ellesmere College have run a ‘Tin for the Tenth’ day, as well as Stokes Wood, Fosse Primary and Braunstone Frith Primary Schools. In January, MP Liz Kendall bought in some tins and spoke to the parliament. She was so impressed with the campaign that she pledged her support. We were also interviewed and filmed by BBC East Midlands Today. If you search #Tin410 on Twitter you can see all the activity going on.

 

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