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Canterbury College, Public Services Students Visit Pembroke House

9th March 2018

During Canterbury College’s community engagement week, 18  Public Services’ students had the opportunity to volunteer for the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust, by visiting Pembroke House in Chatham.

During Canterbury College’s community engagement week, 18  Public Services’ students had the opportunity to volunteer for the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust, by visiting Pembroke House in Chatham. With the students aspiring toward careers within the Public Services, they were very keen to interact with the residents; playing games, telling them about their course and listening to the residents’ first-hand experience of life in the Royal Navy. The Public Services’ students thoroughly enjoyed their day and student Lauren Sonley said:

“I’m attending a Uniform Public Services Course at Canterbury College. Twice a year we get to do some community engagement work in the local community so I chose to visit Pembroke House.  While we were there we met some residents and I was really surprised by how interested they were in our course and what we wanted to when we leave College.  We then played some games with some of the residents which was good fun and they told us about some of their life stories.  Some were really sad but interesting all the same.  Overall I really enjoyed the day.”

After this experience many students who attended have shown a very keen interest in joining the Royal Navy.  This has been valuable opportunity for the young people to give back to the community they hope to one-day join and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the Royal Navy Benevolent Trust in the future.