EREBB Volunteering Day

Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders Volunteering Day

More than 250 staff and students from the College combined to support local people and their communities on our Volunteering Day on Friday 1stFebruary. This was co-ordinated with the College INSET Day which was timed to coincide with the European Congress in Dublin. The Congress theme was that of “looking out of our window”, remembering the historic decision taken by Blessed Edmund Rice in the 1790s to concentrate his efforts upon the poor and dispossessed of his native Waterford in Ireland, rather than pursue his vocation abroad. This acted as the inspiration for our efforts.

Staff and students engaged in a remarkable range of activities around Wirral and Merseyside, often close to home or the College site. Boys cleared snow from the drive of Nazareth House, as well as doing it for their neighbours. They removed rubbish from local beaches and the Wirral Way and tidied the gardens at the Carmelite Monastery in Oxton, as well as at the College. Pupils and staff baked and distributed bread for local homeless charities and Food Banks, including the Salvation Army hostel in Birkenhead and the Seel Street Mission in Liverpool. Staff and boys took guitars to the Wirral Ark for an impromptu jamming session and busked in Liverpool! They visited care homes and hosted a film and tea party in the College Hall for local senior citizens. Teachers and pupils also volunteered their services in local primary schools, including Ladymount in Pensby and Sacred Heart in Moreton, offering support in Art, Design Technology, Maths and PE. We also supported a range of church projects such as “Coffee and Company” at St. Michael and All Angels in Pensby and “Craft and Chat” at the Caritas Centre in Seacombe as well as small local charities including Merseyaid.

The Congress continued its focus upon the mission of the Edmund Rice community to support the disadvantaged and vulnerable with talks and workshops on assistance for vulnerable, disaffected and refugee pupils in England and Ireland and our outreach to the homeless, refugees and the addicted, and environmental justice and sustainability.
This has been an inspirational experience which we hope to embed in the annual College calendar. We thank boys, parents and staff for their support and enthusiastic participation.