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Christmas Jumper Day @ Keele University

Our trainees are back with us today, looking surprisingly fresh faced despite nearing the end of a long, hard first term in schools.   Social Science trainee, Sian Aryee, kindly organised today’s ‘Christmas Jumper Day’, with proceeds raised being donated to local charity, Number 11.   Number 11 is the charity organisation that was nominated by Geography trainee, Tom Hall, who also helped to set up the charity.

Number 11 is based in the community of Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent and aims to provide long-term, sustainable and holistic care to those in need. They believe that addressing the source of problems is the key to providing the best solution. They aim to support people to move from a place where they are dependent on charitable help, to a place where they are self-sustainable. Rather than being target-driven, they focus on the person, instead of allowing people to fall through the gaps between the many existing support services.

Burslem is ranked amongst the most deprived in the country. The Super Output Area Statistics show that the town is in the top 5% most deprived areas of England and almost 40% of Burslem residents are unemployed.  At Number 11, they want to address these issues and bring about transformation and restoration to the community.

At The OAKS, we feel that it’s important to support our local area and are more than happy to help out our local charities, especially at this time of the year when it’s needed most.  Thanks to Sian and Tom, along with all of the trainees and staff who contributed to the donation.