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Enterprising Lipson students presented with Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Young Enterprise students with the Gill Akaster Award for Social Responsibility

Artisans4You, the Young Enterprise team at Plymouth co-operative Academy Lipson Community College, were one of the winning businesses out of the thirteen local secondary schools which entered the Plymouth Young Enterprise Awards.

Young Enterprise students with the Mayor and Gill Akaster

The Lipson Young Enterprise team is made up of a group of Year 12 students including Daniela Kremenova, Jasmine Hancock, Charlene Browse, Sean Weller, Kasia Ablamowicz, Klaudia Kaczmarska, Zainab Elm-Hamdi, Katie Cook and Mariama Kallon.

Winston Churchill once said that “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”. Through their developed understanding of the ethical values of social responsibility and caring for others as members of a co-operative Academy, the young people in Artisans4You wanted to look at the way in which they could make a difference to the social and economic well-being of their local community. The Young Enterprise team began their business by selling craft products made by fellow students, parents and members of the community. Beyond this, the students chose to take the profits from this venture, and find ways of giving something back. The team worked with St Luke’s Hospice and printed tea towels for sale at their coffee mornings and are also currently producing support cushions for women who have recently had mastectomies, which are being donated through the Primrose Breast Unit at Derriford Hospital.

Young Enterprise students with Gill Akaster

The team were supported by Roz Birch from Growing Sustainable Gardens and as members of a co-operative Academy, where co-operative and ethical values are an integral part of day to day life, are particularly proud to have been awarded the Gill Akaster trophy for Corporate Social Responsibility.

Young Enterprise students with Roz Birch

Vice Principal Tracy Ashton said: “As a co-operative Academy we are keen to provide our students with opportunities which will enable them to put our co-operative values into action. The Young Enterprise team have shown great self-responsibility as confident and responsible members of our community and have shown great care for others in ensuring that their social responsibility was achieved through supporting the work of local cancer organisations. We are extremely proud of them for winning this particular award.”