The Midland Metro Alliance has been supporting children across the region by donating hundreds of colouring and activity books, crayons and calculators to local schools, and charitable youth organisations during the Covid-19 crisis.
Members of the alliance’s Engagement and Skills Team made the generous donation in a continued effort to support organisations in the West Midlands providing crucial care for young people and those who are vulnerable.
A key element of the team’s engagement activities involves collaborating with educational facilities and youth organisations across the West Midlands to share careers advice and help inspire the next generation of engineers and rail and construction workers.
The team visits schools, colleges and similar institutions to help those thinking about their career choices to consider opportunities within the sector. Twice a year they host a work experience week where teenagers come into the alliance’s head office in Birmingham to learn more about construction. With lockdown measures currently in place the team are working with colleagues from across the business with a plan to offer support digitally through videos and virtual careers events.
As well as the donation of books and crayons, the Midland Metro Alliance donated scientific calculators to George Salter Academy, in West Bromwich to further support children with their STEM education whilst studying from home.
Julie Thompson, Skills and Engagement Advisor at the Midland Metro Alliance, said:
“Although we are unable to visit local schools to inspire children on the many and varied career opportunities in the light rail sector during this time, we thought it was still important for us to do our part and support those we traditionally work with who are giving their all during this crisis. The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a huge impact on our everyday lives and we hope this donation will go a long way in supporting and inspiring our children. We will be returning to schools to share our experiences and knowledge of the sector as soon as it is safe to do so in line with government guidance.”
Schools and organisations that received a donation from the Midland Metro Alliance included:
• Wodensborough Ormiston Academy in Wednesbury, which is currently open for the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable
• Hope Community Project in Wolverhampton
• Birmingham Children’s Trust
• Leslie’s Care Packages, in Dudley
• George Salter Academy, in West Bromwich. Speaking of the donation,
Leigh Moore, Principal at Wodensborough Ormiston Academy, said:
“We are so grateful for the support and generosity of our local community during these challenging times. It has been wonderful to be able to share the colouring books and crayons donated by the Midland Metro Alliance with our families and also the children of key workers who are attending school.”
Vi Wood, of Leslie’s Care Packages, added:
“A huge thank you to the Midland Metro Alliance for the donation of colouring and activity books during this time.”
The Midland Metro Alliance is planning, designing and delivering a number of tram extensions across the region on behalf of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), which is part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). It forms part of the WMCA’s ambitious plan to regenerate the region, providing new opportunities for residents and businesses by transforming public transport in Birmingham city centre.