Frome students help transform Bulgarian orphanage
Students from a college in Frome have returned from a trip to Bulgaria where they helped transform the environment and gardens at an orphanage.
The 12 young people, who attend Farleigh Further Education College, gave up two weeks of their summer break in order to give the orphanage in Berkovitsa, North West Bulgaria, a much-needed makeover.
The 16 to 21-year-olds, with a range of learning difficulties, helped plaster and paint walls including creating images of Mickey Mouse and a Jungle Book scene to brighten up a number of corridors.
They also repaired swings in the grounds, refurbished benches, repaired wooden steps and repainted the entrance gates.
The trip, which was part of a work experience initiative, also allowed the students to attend a careers seminar and take part in Bulgarian language lessons, which proved very useful whilst on the trip.
College principal Alun Muddocks said: "This trip has proved to be educational, life enhancing and inspirational for those who took part and has certainly made them all value the facilities at Farleigh Further Education College Frome.
"They now really appreciate how fortunate they are to have a structured daily timetable, and everyday items such as washing powder and toothpaste readily available.
"We provide our young people with programmes of education, care, work experience, leisure and life skills and training within the community, to enable them to live as independently as possible.
"Our aim is to help our students develop the confidence and skills they need to progress towards adulthood, including further or higher education and sustainable independent living in the community and this trip has certainly had a real impact on the skills and experiences of all the students who took part."