Pupils from Bradford Forster Academy have got their local community 'flying high' after winning Northern Powergrid's 'Watt a Community' competition to create an event that would bring people together with local organisations to get help and advice whilst they have some fun.
The winning event, held at the Bradford Forster Academy, is the accumulation of Northern Powergrid's Watt a Community competition – designed to get students thinking about vulnerability within their local community. The company partnered with social enterprise Ahead Partnership to deliver the project which saw groups of pupils from the Bradford school compete to come up with the best ideas for an event which would bring the community together and raise awareness of how to get help during a power cut.
The event saw a bird of prey display and a singer entertain the crowds whilst organisations including Alzheimer's UK and Utility Warehouse provided support and advice to local people. Northern Powergrid's team were also at the event so anyone with a disability, medical condition or young children could sign up to the electricity distributor's free Priority Services Register to get the extra help they might need in a power cut.
Rachel Dawson, teacher of geography at Bradford Forster Academy, said: "The kids have worked extremely hard to organise the event, 'Flying Around the World'. The day was a great success with a good mix of ages and community members and everyone complemented the kids who have worked so hard to deliver this very unique event."
Michelle Cummings, social responsibility manager at Northern Powergrid, said: "Watt a Community gives students a real opportunity to not only learn about their local community but also bring that community closer together. The event gave residents the opportunity to get advice and support from local organisations whilst having some fun.
"It also a fantastic opportunity for us to share information about our Priority Services Register and encourage people to sign up. Thanks to our investment in the power network power cuts are rare and for most an inconvenience, but for someone who has a medical condition or equipment which relies on electricity, is disabled, elderly or has young children, it could have a greater impact. The register ensures we can provide help and support to those that need it the most.
Stephanie Burras CBE, Ahead Partnership’s chief executive, said: “This project has shown how effective social action projects can be in helping young people reach out to their local community. Not only have they hosted an event for people in their neighbourhood, they have worked with mentors from Northern Powergrid to share valuable information about the Priority Services Register.
“The students brought thought and imagination to their ideas and their planning, teamwork and execution on the day was exemplary. With lots of people signing up to Northern Powergrid's register and as well as many of them who will be encouraging friends and family to do so. The students should be congratulated on meeting their brief and creating a day that has left a real legacy within the community.”
Northern Powergrid's free Priority Services Register provides extra support to anyone with a disability, medical condition or very young families, who may need greater assistance during a power cut. If you, or anyone you know would benefit from help during a power cut, sign up online or call the Powergrid Care team on 0800 169 2996.