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Jubilee Joy at Lostock Gardens

Blackpool Coastal Housing

Over the last four years, the ‘Highfield Helpers’ pupil group from Highfield Leadership Academy (HLA) has set up various befriending projects in partnership with BCH with the aim of tackling social isolation and loneliness.

Their most recent project focused on celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and saw pupils preparing for the occasion by making bunting, Jubilee invitations and jars. Over 400 Jubilee cards were sent out to local community groups, charities and care homes as part of the Community Pen Pal scheme. 

After weeks of preparation, a Jubilee party was held and a fantastic time had by all at Lostock Community Centre, South Shore, which was attended by approximately 25 sheltered residents and local community members. HLA pupils entertained the audience with a choir, music and dancing, a violin solo and a good old sing song at the end.

Image of Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress with pupils from HLA
Financial support was received from Deputy Mayor Cllr Peter Hunter and Deputy Mayoress Mrs Anne-Marie Hunter, who attended to officially open the Jubilee party.
Everyone enjoyed an afternoon of fun, food, and forging friendships. Service is one of Highfield Leadership Academy's values, we are very proud of the young people who chose to be their best and serve their local community by organising and hosting this wonderful celebration for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. We are delighted that we could help people connect and enjoy celebrating this historic event.
Nicola Dodgson, Senior Leader at Highfield Leadership Academy
Image of HLA pupils with donated planter
An old wooden pallet was transformed into a Jubilee plant holder for local residents, which is now proudly placed in Lostock Gardens.
Our Academy has enjoyed celebrating The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. We have been planting trees, writing stories, creating artwork, dancing, cooking and making cards for our community. I have also been lucky enough to help prepare for and host our community party event with Debbie from BCH. We really enjoyed meeting with her and the guests from BCH at our weekly Jubilee workshops. Our party was a great celebration. Everyone was laughing and singing. It was so much fun. We even managed to deliver food to some of the guests who couldn't come to the party and make our Kindness Calls so that all our friends from BCH knew we were thinking of them.
Astrid, Year 9 HLA pupil

The event was supported by two ladies from UR potential who were great in helping in the background, serving attendees and cleaning up afterwards. Some of the residents rolled their sleeves up too and made all the sandwiches and prepped the tables, a great team effort by all!

Special thanks to Highfield Leadership Academy and to Debbie Kerr, BCH Community Activities Officer, who ensured the Jubilee event ran smoothly.

Our partnership with Highfield Leadership Academy continues to go from strength to strength and it is great that we were able to work together on the recent celebrations for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Whilst isolation and loneliness remains a real struggle for some of our residents, the commitment of these young volunteers to make a difference and put a smile on resident’s faces and the wider community is remarkable.
John Donnellon, Chief Executive of Blackpool Coastal Housing
Image of residents at the Jubilee party
Residents enjoyed the afternoon of fun, food and entertainment!
Blackpool Coastal Housing