Former Grimsby Institute learner Molly Dixon along with co-organiser Andy Green recently hosted Mini We Day 2016 at the Nuns Corner campus. The event, inspired by the national ‘We Day’ initiative, encourages young people to get involved in community projects and volunteering opportunities not just on a local scale but nationally and internationally.
Molly who has been organising the event for three years now, since she was 15 years old, said she was inspired to host a Mini We Day after embarking on a scholarship with the organisation which saw her volunteering in India for a month where she worked with young children. Molly has since gone on to be a representative and has given talks on behalf of We Day at national events.
Mini We Day 2016 has garnered impressive support from the Diana Award Organisation who presented awards on the day to young volunteers from across the Yorkshire, Humber and Lincolnshire region with Molly herself winning an award. O2 Think Big donated a generous £2,500 towards the cost of the event which was hosted by BBC Weather presenter Abbie Dewhurst.
Attendees listened to presentations from local people who shared inspirational stories, advice and experience, and were also treated to performances from Grimsby Institute performing arts learners and local singer Samuel Simmons.
The event was well received and co-organiser Andy Green said: It’s amazing how engaged everyone is. It is really nice to see that nine months of preparation has totally paid off. I’m so proud of the day.
“The response we have had from the children has been great, I’m confident that they’ll go away from the day and start putting things into place, and that is what the event is all about.”
Molly, who studied Business at the Institute has successfully secured a place at Coventry University where she’ll study Business Management and Andy will continue to run his software and web development company Lyke Ltd.
For more information on Mini We Day visit SocialAction.club