On 11th May 2015, seven Level 2 Public Services students from Eastleigh College ran a free obstacle course event for disabled learners, with the aim of raising awareness for 'Scope', a charity dedicated to providing support to disabled people in the UK.
The obstacle course consisted of several stages including hockey, a penalty shoot-out, and climbing under camouflage netting. Facts about Scope were displayed between each stage, and on completion of the course the participants could take a short quiz about the charity and be entered into a prize draw.
The event forms part of the students' Public Services course, which requires them to demonstrate the ability to plan, organise and review an event. The team
decided that they wanted to host an event that supported a charity, so they set about organising a creative way to raise awareness about Scope.
Ollie Chapwell, Level 2 Public Services student at Eastleigh College, said "We've been planning this event for a few weeks now. Usually the teachers are more involved in organising activities like this, so it's been really fun to plan and execute it ourselves".
By placing information about the charity throughout the obstacle course, the students were able to engage participants in a fun activity while educating
them about the charity.
Eastleigh College offer full-time Public Services courses in levels 1, 2 and 3, which help students to develop skills for employment in the military or emergency
services. The course opens doors to a range of potential career opportunities, which include becoming an emergency services call handler, special constable or work in the armed forces, or even the option to study at a University in subjects such as criminology or sociology.