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6 March 2014

Cardiff and Vale College welcomes the community with a Family Fun Day

Cardiff and Vale College recently welcomed 600 local residents to its Trowbridge campus for a day of fun, laughter and learning.

The local residents were encouraged to learn or experience something different to raise awareness of all of the opportunities that exist in their community. From learning to walk on stilts, plate spinning, DJ mixing and Urban Art to riding in a fire engine and fingerprinting with South Wales Police there was something for all of the family – with added meerkats.

The event, hosted by Cardiff and Vale College and supported by ECLP Communities First Cluster and a wide range of other partners, was a resounding success with people from all over the area eager to take part.

Local children were engaged in storytelling, arts and crafts, face painting, hair styling, nail art and even circus skills. There were opportunities for adults to check their health, try out the College gym and join in the CCA cheerleading group.

“The highlight of the event was the tropical animal experience with educational workshops providing an insight into the world of weird and wonderful creatures,” CAVC Social Engagement and Community Collaboration Manager Wayne Carter said. “Children and adults were able to hand a six-foot boa constrictor snake, a skunk, reptiles and spiders. The ever-popular meerkat stole the limelight as he looked around the crowds to see who he could pounce on!”

The event was organised by the College’s Social Engagement and Community Collaboration team who were overwhelmed by the support of staff and student volunteers, who spared their half term break to support the event and make sure that the crowds had a fantastic time. 

The student-led ‘It’s all in the Heart’ project - who create pillows for mastectomy patients at Llandough Hospital - proved a great success raising the profile of their project and generating new income for it. This in turn will be used to create more products for their cause.

Supported by the Families First programme the fun day team gave out 40 non-accredited qualifications on the day and four lucky prize-winners scooped an iPad mini, £100 in Morrison’s vouchers and other store vouchers. “The event truly captured the imagination of the local community and bodes well for future collaboration with the local community and partner organisations,” Wayne added.