As part of the School’s Community Outreach Programme, pupils set up and lead the Surbiton Community Bank in partnership with Surbiton Community Fridge.
Last week, at the Toy Bank, we welcomed 11 families. Among the families was an asylum seeker family residing in a local hotel. Their 4-year-old child, unfortunately, had no toys at all. It was a heartening experience to witness the joy and gratitude as we distributed a range of toys.
One particularly touching encounter involved a mother with three children who, due to various circumstances, could not provide much for them at Christmas. Thanks to the generosity of our community, and the efforts of the Community Bank, her children left with a huge bag filled with toys.
Not only does the Community Bank benefit the local community, but it plays an important role for pupils too. Year 8 pupil Georgia expressed “I find community bank a great way to connect with people and improve social skills.”
The impact of the Community Bank continues to resonate deeply within our community, fostering a sense of well-being and support for those who need it most. Surbiton High School is proud to play a role in making a positive difference in the lives of our neighbours. Learn more about our Community Outreach Programme.