Notts Shopping Centre Staff Go Back To School

Cairon Evans with mentor Ian Goodacre

STAFF from intu Broadmarsh and intu Victoria Centre took a break from the usual working week when they returned to the classroom this afternoon

They joined 40 pupils at the Nottingham Academy on Greenwood Road in Sneinton on 11 February for a ‘getting to know you’ session before they head out on an Outward Bound Trust residential programme together in the Lake District in March.

The Outward Bound Trust course for the Academy pupils has been entirely sponsored by intu, and the company has gone a step further by encouraging staff members to get involved by becoming mentors to support pupils during their outdoor learning experience. Two staff members from intu Broadmarsh plus two from intu Victoria Centre will join the 12 and 13 year old pupils as mentors throughout the Outward Bound programme, which will include challenging outdoor activities such as mountain expeditions, walking and camping in the wilderness.

Liz Sewell, marketing manager at intu Victoria Centre, said: “The partnership between intu, the Outward Bound Trust and the Nottingham Academy is hugely important to us as one of the largest community projects that we get involved in.

“This was a great opportunity for the mentors from each of the centres to really get to know the pupils they will be accompanying to the Trust’s Howtown venue in the spring.”

Luke Lyons, from the security team at intu Broadmarsh, said: “This is such a worthwhile project, which will see us helping a diverse group of young people to enjoy what is a fantastic opportunity of self-discovery. I’m really excited to be involved and to mentor the pupils, for some of whom this will be their first experience of living away from home.” Groups of pupils and their intu mentors will be taking part in lessons together to get to know one another before embarking on the residential to Howtown.

David Tungate, principal at the Nottingham Academy, said: “We are incredibly grateful to intu who have helped to make this Outward Bound programme possible. We highly value the support of local companies to help provide extended opportunities for our young people at the Nottingham Academy.

“Pupils will experience a range of challenging outdoor activities to help them realise their personal potential, develop their team working skills and help them develop capabilities to achieve in school, work and life.”

There will be a return visit on 25 February, when the 40 Academy pupils will visit both shopping centres in Nottingham for a ‘behind the scenes’ tour and a look at the workings of the centres. They will also be able to see their mentors in their working environments and find out more about their jobs.