The Meadowgate Squad are looking for community groups who need some help from its volunteers

PUBLISHED: 07:15 06 March 2018

Meadowgate squaddies Holly-Anna Kelner, Lizzie Wales, Jake Hart, Pagan Wenn and Zack Hart at Wisbech Town Council.

Meadowgate squaddies Holly-Anna Kelner, Lizzie Wales, Jake Hart, Pagan Wenn and Zack Hart at Wisbech Town Council.


Sixth formers at a Wisbech school for pupils with additional needs have formed their own volunteering group to support the community and to give them confidence on life outside education.

The Meadowgate Squad mission is to help and support the school’s parent teacher association and the wider local community.

Student Pagan Wenn said: “We want to become more confident speaking to new people and dealing with life outside of school”.

The Squad gave a presentation in their own coffee shop, Bramley’s, to local community centre managers and leaders including the mayor, Councillor Steve Tierney, who invited them to present at a town council meeting.

The group have already been busy volunteering in the community.

Two students prepared vegetables to make soup for the homeless shelter at the Ferry Project while two students supported a playgroup at the Salvation Army.

These will be regular sessions and the Academy hopes that it marks the beginning of a long running commitment between the young people in sixth form and social providers in Wisbech.

It is an ideal opportunity for these young people to make a positive contribution to society and demonstrate that people with special needs can work within our local community, a school spokesman said.

• The Meadowgate Squad are looking for more opportunities to volunteer their services. If you think the Squad can help, please call 01945 461836 and speak to Emma Bird.

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