News Three Course Meal on the Menu at Local Elderly Community Hub 19.05.2023

It was a full house at the ECDC Community Hub’s Bingo Night on Thursday evening when Lower Sixth students served up a freshly cooked three-course meal to local elderly residents as part of their LSE Mentorpreneurship project.

The evening had been organised in collaboration with the Dementia Action Alliance to coincide with Dementia Action Week and the group was also joined by Hammersmith & Fulham Councillor Asif Siddique, Lead Member for Support for Older People. Councillor Siddique thanked the pupils saying, ‘projects like this are critical for the mental wellbeing of the older residents of the borough and we are delighted that the students of Godolphin and Latymer have got involved in this way’.

Earlier in the day the students had been honing their culinary skills under the watchful eye of the school’s catering team, Chartwells, to prepare a special menu of hummus and flatbreads; vegetable bake and greens; and apple and berry crumble and custard.

This was all part of the school’s LSE Generate Mentorpreneurship programme, powered by OakNorth, where Lower Sixth students design an evidence based initiative with the potential to create positive impact within a segment of society or local community. The purpose of this programme has been two-fold; to support students to engage with the wider community but also to develop skills and mindsets valuable to them both now and in the future. Fleur, Lila, Dia and Bea came up with the idea of Feeding the Future, a project that will teach students about to go off to university how to cook more healthy food while providing free hot meals to the local community.

Lower Sixth student Bea explained, ‘we’ve really enjoyed meeting the community here in Earls Court and it has been an invaluable opportunity to learn and grow our project; our ultimate goal is to reach out to the local homeless community in the borough as they will be individuals who could benefit most’.

Earls Court Development Company (ECDC) Community Hub Manager, Wasim Abd El Aziz, commented, ‘Thursday evening Community Bingo Night is one of the highlights of the week when members of the community can get together, including some of our older residents who might be feeling lonely or isolated. It was great to have the Godolphin students here to spread some good cheer and also to share their delicious food.’

LSE Mentorpreneurship is one of the flag ship programmes of our G&L Futures Live Projects which aims to help our Sixth Formers develop the skills that they will need in a rapidly changing world so that they can make a positive difference to society and to the businesses and communities they become part of.