(Bethany Milor and her teacher Miss Allen)
The ‘Urban Crew’ project has brought children together from 13 different primary schools to learn new skills.
The program, which Northwards set up with the Manchester Communication Academy, gives pupils some fascinating opportunities. For example, during an ‘Enterprise Day’, they learnt how to run their own business, competing against each other to market and sell different products.
Urban Crew members also visit Northwards retirement schemes to get to know the older generation. While there, they often plant hanging baskets for the tenants, serve tea and coffee and even sing carols when it’s Christmas time.
Making an impact
The children were recently honoured at a special awards ceremony where Bethany Milor from St Mary's Primary School was named Urban Crew 'Champion of Champions'. She won her team a trip to Projekts Skate Part, a prize kindly donated by the Manchester Youth Network.
Her teacher Miss Allen said: “There is never a day Beth misses her Urban Crew duties and she has filled in when other members have been absent.
"From her observations whilst on duty, Beth realised we needed a strategy to keep cloakrooms tidy. She came up with the idea of a weekly certificate (which is given out in assembly) for the tidiest cloakroom.
"Beth has been an excellent role model; she is so kind and considerate of the other children. She is very helpful to adults as well. She is very good at reporting and communicating with adults which has led to a lot of little jobs being fixed around school."
At the end of the year, each crew member receives an ASDAN Key Steps award – the equivalent of a unit of a GCSE.
This year, children took part in the Urban Crew scheme from the following primary schools: Abbott, All Saints, Briscoe Lane, Charlestown, Christ the King, Holy Trinity, Irk Valley, Oasis Academy Harpur Mount, Seymour Road, St Augustine's, St Malachy’s, St Mary’s and Temple.