Community-spirited Derwen College students have been out doing their bit for national Student Volunteering Week.

Learners from the specialist further education college, in Gobowen, have packed shopping bags, taken part in garden maintenance and raised funds for the Derwen College Charity.

Retail students visited Morrison in Oswestry for two days, helping shoppers with bag-packing and fundraising, and Students who attended the new Morrisons store were delighted to raise more than £500 for Derwen College Charity. They also handed out leaflets at Oswestry’s weekly market promoting the college’s annual Sponsored Walk and Fun Run on Sunday, April 5.

Horticulture students visited Llanfyllin Primary School to help them with their garden maintenance. They also dropped in on Weston Rhyn Primary School to support them in building a sensory garden.

Student Volunteering Week ran from February 10 to 16. It was the 19th year that Student Volunteering Week took place offering a chance for students to develop their skills while forming partnerships in local communities.

Sioned Davies, pathway lead for retail and horticulture, said that students and staff were pleased to take part in Student Volunteering Week.

She said: “Community is vital for us at Derwen College. We rely on the local community to support Derwen in offering valuable work placements and work experience to our students. People from the community also visit our on-site restaurant, cafe, garden centre and shop, print shop and Hotel 751, and it’s important that we give back to the community that supports us.

She continued: “Volunteering helps students to develop their employability skills, contributes to the wider and local community life and increases students’ self-confidence and wellbeing. Volunteering is a big part of all our students’ learning every week, so it’s been great to be a part of the national Student Volunteering week.”