Tag: volunteering

SHIELD Supports The Peoples’ Picnic.

On Tuesday 20th June Miss Baker and the Hellesdon SHIELD team organised a whole-school donation to The Peoples’ Picnic, a Norwich food bank which meets twice a week at the Haymarket in Norwich.

Our plan was to raise awareness at Hellesdon High School of the work The Peoples’ Picnic achieve in Norwich via a video we made and posted to the HHS Facebook page. We also showed the footage in tutor times with a plea for donations from students and staff. 

After school on Tuesday, some younger SHIELD pupils prepared a range of sandwiches to take to The Peoples’ Picnic.  Pupils threw themselves enthusiastically into the challenge!


When we’d researched homelessness in Norwich prior to our trip we’d been shocked by the high numbers of people who use this foodbank for both hot meals and supplies (clothes, sleeping bags and dried foods) but nothing could have prepared us for what we encountered. There was a huge crowd of people when we arrived at 8pm and the atmosphere was excited and very noisy. 

The sixth form students who accompanied Miss Baker to deliver the sandwiches and tinned goods to the homeless and vulnerable were invited to meet the crowd, distributing bottles of water and flavoured drinks to those queuing. 

The sandwiches we made went within ten minutes and our bags of donations were sorted by the volunteers at The People’s Picnic to be given to those most in need.

Speaking after their experience, the sixth form students praised the volunteers who organise the twice weekly food banks. Georgia Leeds said “I spoke to one man who told me the food we supplied will go far.  I found that really touching.”  Scott Palframan expressed surprise at how many people there were using the facilities, “I was shocked at how busy it was there this evening.  It shows you what a great need there is in Norwich”. 


English teacher Miss Baker said “It was profoundly moving to see so many people of all different ages and walks of life coming together and using this service.  The Peoples’ Picnic organisers are absolute heroes and clearly care deeply about the people they are supporting.  Hellesdon’s SHIELD team are proud to support such a worthy and vital cause.”


Recognising Kindness

One of our SHIELD members, Grace, perfectly demonstrated the values of our group over the Easter holiday when she assisted a stranger in need…

“During Easter, I was returning home from a visit to my gran’s house. At a crossing in Hellesdon I saw a lady waiting to cross the road who was hearing and visually impaired.

Luckily I’ve recently had training on Braille and I had a Braille sheet in my bag. I was able to help the lady by guiding her gently on my arm.

The lady was so pleased, she tried to offer me a present but I refused. I don’t want any reward, it’s just nice to be nice.”

Well done Grace! That’s the spirit of SHIELD!

Disclaimer: Please be safe and don’t talk to strangers if you are on your own or in a secluded location. Always make sure someone knows where you are and never go inside a stranger’s house, even if they seem nice! Your safety is very important. IMG_8039