Charity, Health, Enrichment, Equality and diversity, and Religion

Hi I’m Natalie Patten and I am the CHEER Coordinator based at both Kingsway and Cronton campus. My role as the CHEER Coordinator is to support the further development of the college community by fostering a vibrant and welcoming culture in the college with many student centred events. To actively contribute to the following areas: Charity, Health & Wellbeing, Enrichment, Equality and Diversity and Religion.

I strive to support every student in encouraging them to explore their interests during their time at college and to take an active role in college life by contributing to building and maintaining a college community through cross college student events, such as charity events and celebrating religious and cultural occasions.

C.H.E.E.R permeates all aspects of college life:

CHEER offers a warm welcome to staff, students and visitors of all faiths and none and actively promotes positive inter-faith relationships in the college and contributes to the awareness of multi faith issues. I work with a range of partners; including local schools, charities and community groups, to organise high profile events which aim to promote diversity and celebrate all faiths and continue to champion a culture of respect and kindness.

Getting involved

We get involved with whole college and world events such as the Remembrance Services, Cake and Carols, Pancakes for Shove Tuesday, Easter Egg Challenge, Mental Health and LGBT awareness weeks and International Women’s Day. We work alongside other professionals and organisations and can refer people to other services who may help them.

CHEER is at the heart of a lot of the charity work at Cronton Sixth Form and Riverside College. Over the last few months we have been involved with many great causes both nationally and locally.

During our calendar of events activities, we have helped to raise funds for:

  • World Aids Day event: We raised a total of £58.20 through the sale of Red ribbon cakes, the Red ribbon tree and the beauty donation station. All proceeds went to the Body Positive charity.
  • Christmas Jumper day & the Christmas Wrapping Station raised £140.38 for the Age Uk campaing “No one should have no one at Christmas.”
  • Children In Need raised £364.30
  • The Valentines Day name the bear competition raffel raised £50.87 for The British Heart Foundation.
  • Sports Relief raised £349.88
  • Race for life: Our first event was a huge success raising over £3500

Student Network Committee

Do you want to shape your college experience? Develop your organisation and leadership skills? Contribute to student events? If so, Join the Student Network Committee!

SNC does it all, from the monthly quiz to charity and religious events and everything in between. They are responsible for the development of a wide-ranging set of cultural, social and intellectual programmes for the enjoyment of the entire campus. Students are given numerous opportunities to shape their experiences and contribute to college activities. This can really help new students as they are settling in to College.

Calendar of Events Overview

Many of our college events are determined through our college pastoral events calendar. Here are some of the highlights from many curricular events, charity fundraisers and festivities throughout the months.

  • January 27 was Holocaust Memorial Day. During tutorials students discussed the importance of this year’s theme “Don’t stand by” in relation to persecution and bullying.
  • Fair-trade fortnight focused of fair-trade breakfast. As well as information students received fair-trade produce on arrival to college.
  • Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22. Information was on display to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
  • 16-22nd May was Mental Health awareness week. Students took part in a range of tutorial wellbeing and relaxation workshops. Information focused on support for anxiety and stress that included practical tips and exercises to combat exam stress and student worries.
  • The 17th of May was IDAHOT the theme for 2016 was Mental Health and Well Being.
  • Students at Cronton and Kingsway campus are preparing for the up and coming vote, discussing the EU Referendum during tutorials and both campuses have their very own EU referendum ballot.
  • We have celebrated many religious events such as Eid-ul-Adha (‘festival of Sacrifice’), Yom Kippur, Hanukah, Christmas, Shrove Tuesday and Buddha’s birthday and many cultural events and festivals such as Kwanza (an African American festival) Chinese New Year and St Georges Day.

Where can you find us?

The Multi faith and reflection room is based in Kingsway Student Services and offers ‘Morning Prayer’ on Tuesdays as well as a space for individual prayer and reflection.

Natalie Patten CHEER Coordinator – natalie.patten@riversidecollege.ac.uk

Come and see us if you have any ideas or would like to get involved in any of the future events.