A smashing time for our student-run Wellbeing Shop

The arrival of Wimbledon this month gave the students who run ‘The Wellbeing Shop’ at Henshaws College a great opportunity to ‘serve’ some strawberries with perhaps a small splash of cream, to their peers and staff. It also allowed them to demonstrate their ‘ace’ customer service skills, and show the ‘advantage’ of working as part of a team!

Students Alexander and Abigail standing in front of a trolley full of prepared strawberries, ready to be sold in the College.

Originally only selling sparkling bottles of drink, which had been kindly provided free of charge by Harrogate Spring Water, ‘The Wellbeing Shop’ has since diversified and now specialises in selling salads, smoothies and of course, fruit. The student-led pop-up retail outlet, which has board meeting in which they vote on how it should be run, has also benefited from donations of fruit from Sainsburys.

This generosity from Harrogate Spring Water and Sainsburys, has allowed the shop to operate a unique two tier pricing policy, which means that students can buy fruit for less than half its actual value, whilst staff only pay enough to cover purchasing costs. In fact – on at least three occasions, using donations or the money generated by them, fruit has been provided completely free of charge to every student in the college who wanted some! This has helped to encourage healthy alternatives to sugar-laden products, and emphasise the importance of a balanced and nutritious diet to all our students.

Involvement with the shop has also given the students who work there a reason to find out more about the vitamins and minerals, and the negative health impacts from consuming too much sugar. The students have also captured the current mood regarding environmental issues by voting to only sell fruit in biodegradable cardboard bowls. This motivated them to explore the negative impact of synthetic compounds, and inspired their ‘Getting Drastic on Plastic’ campaign; which means that all their fruit packaging is recycled or avoided altogether if possible.

The students have worked incredibly hard and should be immensely proud of their achievements. Well done to Hafsa, Chad, Jonnade, Alexander, Abigail and Jake, as well as all the various Supported Internship students who have also helped with the project!

Whether preparing for employment, making friends or learning to live more independently, Henshaws Specialist College enables our students to make their aspirations possible and goals a reality. Find out more about what our College has to offer at henshaws.ac.uk.

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