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The College’s last Careers Café of this academic year saw over 15 voluntary organisations talking to hundreds of students on the theme of voluntary work, continuing the growing trend of this flagship event. 

A superb presentation was given by Corporal Dan Carter who gave a fascinating insight into the many varied careers available in the British Army, and guest speakers from a newly commissioned charity called Stand Down, enlightened the students about their work providing psychological help and support to active serving members or veterans of the British Armed Forces who suffer mental trauma.  This charity also aims to provide help and support to the dependents of those affected by psychiatric injury.

The Careers Café also hosted Cinnamon Trust which is the only specialist national charity for people in their last years and their much loved and needed companion animals.  In addition, it was an exciting new development for the project to see our own students representing the Bath Cats & Dogs Home careers table; our students were able to talk about how they had engaged in fundraising activities to support the organisation and to give out newsletters and details of volunteering opportunities.

British Eventing was well represented by Jennie Smith, and proved incredibly popular with students interested in volunteering in equestrian activities.

Frome Hospital is currently looking for volunteers to assist with their forthcoming Summer Fete.  Guest speakers from the hospital informed students that volunteer roles are very varied from assisting with marketing to running fundraising activities.  St John Ambulance spoke to students on how to operate a defibulator when every second may count in saving a life.  Students were reassured to find out that clear operational instructions are given when a defibulator is brought into action in a medical emergency. Somerset Care was also represented and students were informed about the fantastic work undertaken by this organisation throughout the county.  

We Hear You (WHY) is a free professional one-to-one counselling service for anyone affected by a diagnosis of cancer or a life threatening illness, this includes family, friends and carers in addition to patients themselves.  The organisation would welcome volunteers for fundraising or for supporting a local charity in a variety of ways.

Also in attendance was Frome Library who is recruiting volunteers for the annual Summer Reading Challenge.  Last summer this event attracted over 7000 children to continue to inspire a love of reading by encouraging children to keep reading over the summer.  Activities are available for volunteers to talk to children about the books they are reading, to help children choose books and to participate in craft and story time sessions. 

Frome Museum is also looking for support and the museum can offer experience with conserving artefacts or volunteering to work at the museum.  The Merlin Theatre also welcome any volunteers who would like to help with events at the Theatre in the future.

Frome Park Rangers offer real opportunities to volunteer with fulfilling roles for those who love to work in the great outdoors and help protect our local parks and wildlife.  

DNA Worldwide, who won the Mendip Business of the year Award, spoke about their exciting apprenticeship opportunities and gave a very interesting insight into the industry. 

CIL newly partnered with Frome College attended to offer an amazing insight into their business and look for potential apprentices.  Founded in 1986, CIL is an independent management consultancy.  They provide evidence-based advice to assist clients to grow their business, manage risk and make better investments.

The Citizens Advice Bureau spoke about volunteering for those interested who wish to gain experience in banking, finance or accountancy.  The organisation offers not only much needed support and advice to our students but also the wider community.

Chris Curtis thanked all of the guests who gave their time and expertise to help our students see a bigger picture in terms of their overall personal and professional development to complement and enrich their academic studies.  He said that he found out many years ago that volunteering to help others can be one of the most fulfilling jobs by way of personal fulfilment. 

We would like to thank everyone who has supported the College this year.  We will be contacting local clubs and organisations next term in preparation for our Participation Fair in September.  If you are interested in getting involved in any of our future Careers Café’s, the Participation Fair or wish to contact any of the organisations, please contact the Next Steps Team via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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