Aspire Direct Marketing joined forces in 2014 with the founder Karen Thomson of the Torbay and Devon Civic Award which marked their 10th anniversary and a website was built to compliment the Torbay and Devon Civic Award.
Karen Thomson started the award in 2004 with 12 Y6 children and now The Torbay & Devon Civic Award is graduating around 400 year 6 students per year from nearly 40 Primary School from all corners of Devon.
To achieve the award pupils have to prove their participation in five main areas. These are:
- Active Citizenship in their school community This could be Peer Mediation, Learning and Peer Mentors, Reading Buddies, School Councillors or other positions of trust and responsibility in school.
- Active Citizenship in their home communities . In the past, pupils have taken part in environmental and beach cleans, bulb planting, helping at Brownies /Cubs/sports clubs and looking after people in the community. Pupils may also work with others to organise events in school to support local charities. An active hobby(ies) and A non-active hobby (ies)Children should spend about 30 minutes on average a week on their hobbies and one of them needs to be new to the child from September 2009.
- Residential experience and adventure training This entails sleeping away from home and taking part in outdoor challenges.
- Children also need to adopt a cause or charity which they feel strongly about. They need to research it and find ways of supporting it. Over the years children have adopted a range of charities including Animals In Distress, Rowcroft, Cancer Research, Bristol Children’s Hospital and Help for Heroes. Many were inspired to support these because of events in their own lives and have various sales and sponsored events to raise money for their chosen charities.
This year for the first time two presentations were held in two venues at St Cuthbert Mayne Secondary School and Uffculme Secondary School.
Karen Thomson comments: “I run the Torbay Civic Award and in this, the 10th year, I decided that I would like a website. All work was undertaken by Aspire Direct Marketing. I cannot comment more favourably on the whole process. It was slick, professional and I am delighted with the result! Gary was unfailingly helpful and supportive and nothing was too much trouble! The advice and support I was given was superb! I whole-heartedly recommend him and Aspire Direct Marketing”.
Aspire Direct Marketing is now heavily involved in the Torbay & Devon Civic Award and we take responsibility for broadcasting the news and achiements Year 6 students have made whilst participating within the award.
The website and all news can be found by visiting https://www.torbayanddevoncivicaward.co.uk