Last Updated: Friday, February 10, 2017

Students on the Run!

Eleven students spent the day working on a project with the Youth Hostel Association in a bid to save chickens in Derbyshire.

Eleven students spent the day working on a project with the Youth Hostel Association in a bid to save chickens in Derbyshire.

Poultry keepers have been advised to keep their birds inside to protect them from a highly-infectious strain of avian flu in Europe.  This involves keeping chicken, turkey and ducks indoors for 30 days or take steps to separate them from wild birds.

The College has been working with the Youth Hostel Association on various projects. The students initially intended to be doing a different project but this was postponed in a bid to save the chickens and build a run.

The students, mostly digital students, had never been involved in building work or construction which meant taking them totally out of their comfort zone.  The structure took six hours to complete and the students were delighted with the results.

Michelle Kaye (Deputy Manager, YHA Castleton) said: “A huge thanks to the students from North Lindsey College for using their initiative at short notice to construct an extension to our chicken coop at YHA Castleton. After being informed about the bird flu outbreak our lovely chickens had to be cooped up for a number of weeks only having a small run to play around in. The students very quickly volunteered their skills in the freezing cold and into the dark and completed a perfect structure where our chickens could spread their wings and still enjoy the fresh air. They did this in such a short space of time and it really does do the job that we needed it to, fantastic work – thank you!”

Danielle Hector (18) Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production student said: “The day we spent on work experience was an enjoyable and a practical way of seeing how we could use the skills we've learnt at college in the real world. To be able to do this as a team, and voluntarily, in a creative way for something that was new to us all, was an encouraging way to motivate the furtherance of our skills. We look forward to being able to take part in such an activity again.”

The students enjoyed the experience so much that more tasks have been lined up with the Youth Hostel Association.

 

 

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