Last Friday, some of our lower sixth girls volunteered to help out at the preparations for the SPEAR dinner at St Mark’s Church.

SPEAR works with some of the one million young people in the UK who are not in education, employment or training. Many of these young people are from homes were no-one has worked for three generations. SPEAR is a 12-month programme for 16-24 year olds, beginning with an intensive six-week foundation phase, aimed at getting them into work. Over 75% of SPEAR graduates are in employment or education within a year of completing the course.

“Thank you so very much indeed for loaning us your wonderful lower sixth students, without whom we could not have transformed our church in two days from a church/ foodbank to an Enchanted Garden. Your students were polite, hardworking and good fun to have around. They were a credit to Emanuel School.

We have raised approximately £70,000 which will allow us to run the courses next year so a very big thank you to all involved.”

– Zena Sanders (parent)

“Last week we volunteered at the SPEAR dinner and as a group we were thrilled to partake in such a good cause. Hearing stories of SPEAR’s success was heart-warming and those working there were incredibly passionate and inviting. The meticulous work that took place to make St Mark’s Church a Secret Garden taught us the importance of event planning and preparation. I can speak for the whole group when I say we would do it again in a heartbeat.”

– Erica Ford (lower sixth)