School Story: Young Leaders Support Communities During Lockdown

December 16, 2021
School Story: Young Leaders Support Communities During Lockdown

62 pupils form Richard Coates Primary School recently completed the Key Stage 2 Young Leaders Award, ensuring that their community felt connected during lockdown.

Using lockdown to show great leadership and kindness, the Young Leaders helped their communities in a number of ways, including baking and delivering cakes to local neighbours for VE Day, writing letters to people in their streets during COVID-19 and by doing neighbour’s shopping or giving them a phone call.

The Young Leaders’ neighbours were hugely grateful for all their hard work and kindness. Other Young Leaders made rainbows for their windows to let passers by know they are there for them. Some also grew plants, and put them outside their front gardens for others to take. These acts of kindness, however small they may seem, made their neighbours smile and brought people together.  

Before lockdown, the year 5 pupils went on their community walk which is a part of the Key Stage 2 Young Leaders Award. Wanting to make their town a better place to live in, they Young Leaders came up with ideas for local youth clubs and a cinema area in their town. The pupils thought that creating these spaces would give people more to do and bring communities together that wouldn’t normally have space to do so.

Richard Coates’ Year 5 teacher Carly Nichol, said:

“The children really enjoyed helping their local community. This year was a bit different during COVID-19 but I think this made the pupils want to take part more and help others. They developed in self-confidence too.”

The kindness that these Young Leaders showed to their neighbours over lockdown is a great example of leadership. You can make a difference in the world, no matter how old you are!  

The Young Leaders Award is a fully resourced leadership and character education programme, designed by the Archbishop of York Youth Trust,to be delivered by teaching staff within the classroom. The Award has empowered over 100,000 pupils from 850 schools to learn and practice key leadership skills and character virtues and to transform their communities through social action. Available at KS1 to KS4/+16, the YLA has clear links to SMSC, British Values, PSHE, Character Education, Citizenship, RE and SIAMS. Find out more.

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