The Friends of South Devon College is a charitable trust established in 2008, whose main aim is to raise funds to remove barriers that may restrict students from participating in educational and enrichment experiences available at South Devon College. We work to ensure that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds do not have lower levels of attainment than their peers that would be likely for them without intervention. People come to us as a last resort when all other opportunities for funding support have been exhausted and they are at risk of having to drop out of their qualification or miss an important enrichment opportunity.
The College is passionate about how the power of learning can transform people’s lives and the money received by Friends of South Devon College is critical in helping people take part in life changing experiences. The Friends of South Devon College provide financial support to benefit our students through awards, bursaries and donations. This support relieves financial hardship that may otherwise restrict many students from participating in learning and enrichment experiences and so we are extremely grateful for your support.
Any help you can give with personal support and by promoting our campaign will help us to build a sustainable stream of income to cope with exceptional periods of pressure as they arise. This is a regular giving scheme for businesses and individuals, the cost of which as you can see in the leaflet below is as little as a cup of tea a week.
Students of all ages and abilities, from all backgrounds, can use South Devon College as a stepping stone to realising their aspirations. Often described as the engine room of the local economy, the College enables local people to develop talent and skills to an increasingly high level, and supports innovation and enterprise.
Around 11,000 students pass through the College each year and almost 90% of those will go on to apply their new skills and knowledge locally, thereby helping to improve economic performance.
With the support of the Friends of South Devon College, we are able to ensure that hardship is not a barrier to education, to provide enhanced opportunities and better support students to achieve their full potential.
Become a Friend, make a donation, leave a legacy to transform a life…
We appeal to parents, friends, alumni and businesses to contribute to the charity enabling us to give our students a helping hand. Your cash really can do incredible things for the people of South Devon!
- £25 meant a young carer could travel by bus to College for a month rather than making the 5 mile walk each day
- £162 enabled a 17 year old Health & Social Care student to attend a placement one day a week for a year to gain the industry experience required to successfully complete her course
- £400 subsidised a trip for nine learners with severe learning disabilities to explore London
as part of their ‘pathway to work and independence’
- £2,750 was donated to help fund an extension to The Lodge – a safe haven for students at South Devon College with Autistic Spectrum Conditions
To help, please donate directly online via our Online Shop.
Registered charity number: 1122846