Adventurous Lifestart students from Alloa have been fundraising for an end-of-year trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park.
The six young adults: Cameron Grant, William Hunter, Cara Stewart, Jake Martin, Sophie Ross and Joshua Katz (who unfortunately wasn’t present on the day but worked hard on planning and advertising), all with additional support needs and challenges such as learning disabilities, organised a burger café on Monday 30 May, made their own food to sell from cookery class, as well as arts and crafts created throughout their course,
With the help of Chef Lecturer Ruari Chatburn they served burgers and sold items such as ceramic plant labels and bags made with Jane Paterson in Art Class, and a collage ‘zine created as part of a workshop with poet Ryan Van Winkle.
From their outdoor classroom gazebo, on the lawn outside Alloa Campus, they catered for everyone with vegetarian, Halal and gluten free options available.
As well as being fun for the students, the activity has covered numeracy through handling money, literacy (making display materials including allergen charts), communication, teamwork, health & wellbeing, enterprise skills and confidence building.
Andrew Wake, Lecturer in the Department of Business and Communities, said: “They did very well indeed and all of them took turns in running the stall, each with self-allocated tasks, being mindful of hygiene and safety, working as a team and practicing good customer service.
“On the day the students raised around £75, with more income to roll in over the coming days from the raffle on the last day of term Wednesday 8 June – with a nice hamper of pampering goodies and some lovely craft items such as iPad/kindle covers and handmade notepads as a prize.
“From creating artwork and working on the posters for the event, through creating the burgers and setting up the stall - with kind help from ACE course students putting up the gazebo - to serving and talking to potential customers around the campus to drum up business, the students are very proud of what they've achieved, as am I!”
The students wish to thank Chef Lecturer Ruari Chatburn, Alison Meredith, Jane Paterson and external support worker Kay Coull (Play Alloa) for all their help and support.