A central aim of the Open Futures programme is that it should help schools forge strong and meaningful links with their local communities, the commitment and support of which can prove the real difference in the long-term success of the project.
From parents who help out in the school garden, to businesses that donate their expertise, there is a wealth of ways in which the community can get involved with Open Futures, across each of our four strands.
As well as particular openings for those with specialist skills, there are many other ways for adults to get involved with growit. Contributions can range from parents helping to build raised beds, to preparing neglected and over-grown areas for cultivation, or even just watering plants during the school holidays. Some members of local communities have even invited teachers and pupils to work with them on their allotment.
There are also a number of ways that members of the local community can support cookit, from assisting teachers during lessons, to just helping them set up and clear away before and after. Most exciting of all for pupils are invitations to local restaurants, both to experience different foods and to see professional chefs at work.
For filmit, there are always openings for those that have expertise, or even just an interest, in digital media. As well as assisting with the technical aspects of the strand, volunteers can help to set up film clubs, while local media companies have, in the past, arranged school visits.
askit also offers a wealth of opportunities for active engagement with the local community. Pupils might be invited to consultations with think-tanks or company consultations on products for children, while parents too can become involved through taking part in philosophy groups complementing their children’s learning at school.