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Catholic High School finds new ways to help the homeless

St Paul's High School created a strategy to help Glasgow’s homeless community, which was deemed the best by the judging panel.

YOUNG people from a Glasgow school with innovative ideas have created new ways to help the city’s homeless as part of an enterprise programme.

S2 pupils of St Paul’s High School, Pollok, won an award for their excellence in business as part of The Braveheart Challenge, sponsored by Silverburn Shopping Centre.

On Wednesday February 5, pupils at the school split into teams to take part in the programme that involved them using business materials to invent a proposal to help their local community.

Innovation

Each team had professional guidance from a business coach and had access to a team of experts to help them bring their ideas to fruition.

The winning team created a strategy to help Glasgow’s homeless community, which was deemed the best by the judging panel.

Their idea, which involves providing clothing and essentials to homeless people, will eventually become a reality as the programme will fund its implementation.

Headteacher Lisa Pierotti said: “The pupils came up with a range of ideas around active Christianity, such as the project to support the homeless, and others proposed having a cinema built for pensioners. There was also a proposal to develop a drop-in centre for young carers.

“The winners thought about what their local area needs most and addressed it through how they would finance it, market it, and the PR around it.

Proposals

“They drew up an extensive action proposal working alongside some pretty big names from the business world and the judges picked them out of the others.

“They discovered a new way in which they could provide clothing and other essentials such as toothpaste and soap which can be distributed to the homeless people in Glasgow.”

Bishop John Keenan of Paisley Diocese took an interest in the competition and attended to see the young people develop their ideas.

It’s the third year St Paul’s has taken part in the Braveheart Challenge. Two years ago, a group of S2 pupils (pictured above), who are now in S4, won the competition and will take part in the international challenge in London.

Growth in confidence

The challenge is the Scottish branch of the wider Lionheart Challenge, which was launched in England over 20 years ago.

Mrs Pierotti said: “I’m absolutely delighted at the impact the Braveheart Challenge has had on the young people. You can see them grow in confidence through the activities they take part in.

“Their presentation skills, finance and marketing skills all really grew and it was also clear that they really enjoyed taking part.

“The programme is based on developing skills for life and work for young people. It’s a great way of building confidence and providing important chances for young people going on to do positive and sustainable things.”

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