In celebration of College Awareness Week 2019, a member of the Trinity Access schools team visited an after-school group in Frontline, Inchicore. Trinity Access is an educational organisation dedicated to widening participation at third-level for underrepresented groups. Frontline are a drug and alcohol support network, rooted in the Inchicore community and set up to help those that wish to make a change in their lives. Their Children’s Project provides a high-quality developmental service to children whose parents and family members live with the impact of drug or alcohol misuse.
Daniel McFarlane from Trinity Access visited Frontline’s after-school group to raise awareness about college options and to celebrate the possibility of post-secondary plans while hearing the group’s ideas about college life. The visit focused on highlighting college as a place for everyone, no matter what they might face in life, and how we might get there after secondary school. Along with the help of the after-school team Orlagh and Rachel, and the students spent the afternoon on a workshop designing dream colleges and other arts and crafts sessions.
Director of Frontline, Stuart Fraser said: “The children really enjoyed the workshop, it got them talking about college and their siblings going to college this year. The workshop gave the children space to talk with their friends about possible career options they may like to pursue in the future. The children loved designing their own colleges and I really enjoyed seeing them being creative and their designs reflecting their interests. The workshop was a great afternoon that was thoroughly enjoyed by all!”
The visit was finished with a graduation ceremony as students made their own personalised graduation hat and certificate – as you can see from the finish products below, the group have a great future as college graduates and artists!
Trinity Access are dedicated to working with community groups and schools in the Inchicore area and already partner with Mercy Secondary school in the locality, ensuring students have a beneficial introduction to college life at Trinity College Dublin.