Pupils and staff at Stantonbury school are getting ready to welcome 15 Danish students as part of a new project.
It is aimed at encouraging greater community engagement within the estate and the students, aged between 16 and 17 will be meeting local residents, offering practical help and recording their conversations to deliver research that will identify the key community issues within the area.
The project, organised by Community Action MK is the third time a group from the Rønne private school have volunteered in Milton Keynes in as many years. As well as recording local conversations, the students will be using the opportunity to develop their English language skills as they contribute to their studies in Community Development
Ruth Stone, Director at Community Action MK said: “It is a privilege for us to have the opportunity to host students from Rønne once again. In previous years, we have found these visits to be of mutual benefit and we believe that this year will give a significant boost to Stantonbury and those who live there.
“We believe that community is the foundation of a good and healthy society and that anyone can be involved in community engagement and everyone should have the opportunity to help support, sustain, and grow the communities they live in.”
The students will be visiting the city the week beginning February 10 and will be documenting conversations, getting their hands dirty with some practical projects, and uploading their experiences to an online video blog that will be hosted on the Community Action MK website.
Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North said: “Community involvement is key to seeing our communities thrive. Stantonbury has a vibrant community hub with the campus, school, theatre, art gallery, leisure centre and athletics arena. It is great to see students from Denmark choosing Milton Keynes as their focus for these projects and I hope to see more, similar partnerships developing in the future.”
Community Action MK work to promote, serve, engage and involve communities across Milton Keynes and has a membership of more than 600 charitable and volunteer organisations. The organisation is soon to be launching their Corporate Responsibility programme aimed at encouraging more corporates in Milton Keynes to engage with their local community.