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29th February 2016

Students throughout College experienced some very informative RPE sessions last week, as visitors from a diverse range of charities came to talk about vulnerable communities across the world, and the inspirational work of many organisations. 

Ex students Michelle and Fiona

Ex students Michelle and Fiona

The week began with a visit from Alan Goddard from Changing Lives in Clevedon. The charity works with homeless and addicted people in inner city Bristol. Later in the afternoon, a new group of students met Margaret Ulloa from Borderlands. The charity works with refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol and the informative guest shared her experiences and work with those on the margins of society who seek sanctuary. The following day, it was over to visitors from St Peter’s Hospice (which is the St Brendan’s Charity Of The Year) to talk about how they care for the vulnerable. The charity works with adults with life-limiting illnesses and aims to improve the quality of their lives, as well as those of their families. Later in the week, students discovered more about Emmaus Bristol, a charity which reaches out to the most vulnerable and marginalised in communities across the world. The visitors shared experiences of their outreach in Sarajevo, Bosnia and the Calais Jungle.  The College was also thrilled to welcome back ex-students Fiona Sim and Michelle Udoh, who after completing their A-levels last year, have gone on to spend a year working with CAFOD. The two friends told their listeners about their bases in Salford and Blackpool, from where they work in communities, retreat centres and schools. Fiona and Michelle also shared their experiences of Peru, where they visited CAFOD projects as part of their training. Finally, the week finished with a visit from ambassadors from Woodland Church. Tim, Liz, Charlie and Joe have been reflecting on faith, science and action in the community and shared their experiences and spoke about the different courses and opportunities open to Bristol residents.

The week was a great opportunity for students to discover more about the influential and important work that goes on within Bristol and across the world. To find out more about any of the visitors or organisations, visit John Lux in B209.