Award for community work
02 July 2019 IN: Schools
Manchester Grammar School (MGS) boys, who teach English to survivors of human trafficking, have been given a prestigious national award for this community work by The Goldsmith’s Company.
In awarding first place the judges praised the MGS team for their presentation and for the impact that the initiative has had on the local community and the vulnerable adults involved, as well as on the pupils themselves.
The project was set up in 2018 as a partnership between MGS, St Chrysostom's Church in Victoria Park and Medaille Trust.
Each week, our boys work with vulnerable adults who have been rescued from traffickers and placed in a safe house. MGS boys work one-to-one to teach basic English skills to enable the adults to build a new life and gain employment. Topics for the lessons begin with basic grammar, numbers 1-100 and using money, then advancing onto topics like filing an incident report at work.
School Captain Harrison Kaye said: “Putting ourselves in the position of teachers rather than students was daunting at first, but being a part of this project and seeing its impact week on week has been extremely gratifying and I’m sure the whole team would agree that it’s been a highlight of our time at MGS.
Fr Ian commented “At St Chrysostom’s we love to serve our community and build bridges between the different parts of it. We are delighted to work with MGS in this partnership with the Medaille Trust and it is wonderful that the students’ work has been recognised in this very special way. I am very grateful to the students and their teachers, for their part in supporting this very important local need and especially grateful to our churchwarden, Alan Beck, for the work he does in coordinating the English classes for survivors of trafficking and guiding all the volunteers.”