John Ruskin College students celebrate Black History Month with community pampering

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College students in Croydon celebrated Black History Month in October by hosting an intergenerational event and treating the community to a free day of pampering.

The event at John Ruskin College was a collaboration with the Manju Shahul-Hameed Foundation for Mental Health and the Croydon BME Forum.

Students on the College’s hair and media make-up level 3 and body and spa therapy level 3 courses practised the skills they had learnt whilst giving back to the Croydon community.

Manju Shahul-Hameed, a Croydon Council councillor and cabinet member, said: “This event demonstrates the coming together of the older and younger generations and is a great opportunity to build on the strengths that different generations have to offer to one another.”

Held in the College’s training salon, members of the public enjoyed a range of pamper treatments including massages, manicures, blow drys and make-up sessions, followed by lunch in the College café.

The event also featured a getting to know you session where students and guests chatted to learn more about their backgrounds and life stories.

One of the hair and beauty students at the College said: “I’ve really enjoyed meeting and having a chat with the guests who came down today. It’s been so nice for us students to give back to the local community.”

One of the models said: “It’s been a wonderful experience speaking with the students today.

In addition to the intergenerational event, students were invited to celebrate their heritage by taking part in a culture sharing get together which took place in the College’s Hub.

To show pride in their heritage, students and staff from a range of backgrounds dressed in clothes reflecting their culture and shared some delicious treats from their countries as well.

Reflecting on the various Black History Month activities, Yvonne Porteous, head of technical and vocational studies at the College, said: “Black History Month and diversity are something we are proud to celebrate here at John Ruskin College.

“It is important to embrace multiculturalism and to celebrate the achievements and contributions made by black people throughout history.”

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