Student project celebrates Ilkeston

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Hair students in Ilkeston have completed an innovative project to celebrate the town’s past, present and future.

Derby College’s Ilkeston campus worked with Direct Help and Advice (DHA) Training and Advice Centre on Bath Street to run an educational prevention enrichment project for students, which was funded by a crime prevention grant from the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

The students firstly compiled old photographs of the town, took pictures of how key buildings look now and envisaged future developments.

The photos demonstrated the impacts of change through crime and neglect.

Students worked with DHA, which delivered the sessions and provided the cameras.

They then took the inspiration of the photographic work to create retro, contemporary and futuristic hair and beauty styles and shared their work with fellow students at an exhibition and celebration event.

The students also organised a raffle as part of the event – raising £50 for Rainbows Children’s Hospice in Loughborough.

Derby College personal coach Elizabeth Fitzpatrick said: “The inspiration for the project was the fact that this campus used to the site of the former magistrates court and is now a college for students on a wide range of vocational skills.

“The project with DHA has been a great way for the students to find out more about Ilkeston’s past, present and future and then relate that to their own course and how they can work to reduce crime in the area.”

DHA training and programmes development manager Karla Cook added: “This has been an inspiring project as part of our overall work with the college to support young people with educational prevention activities.

“This helps them to build reliance, confidence and an awareness of social issues and also helps them better prepare for adult life.

”We are very impressed with the work that the hair students have completed.”

For more information about all the learning opportunities at Derby College, visit the website www.derby-college.ac.uk or call 0800 0280289 for a 2016 prospectus.

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