Two Doncaster flagship institutions, Doncaster College and University Centre and Cast, today announced that they are to partner on a radical new approach to enriching the lives of local students in the town.


The partnership, which will begin from September, includes improved student support, the chance to develop employability skills, workplace opportunities, community placements as well as a greater enrichment programme aimed to reduced anxiety and depression and improve wellbeing. The programme will also provide opportunities for students with special educational needs and English as a second language.


Deborah Rees, Cast’s Director comments:

‘As a charity, Cast has a proactive approach to health and life enrichment through the arts. Our work with Doncaster College and University Centre will be aimed at increased awareness of the arts, overall wellbeing, reduced stress levels and gaining new skills. Through this continued partnership we hope to continue our work in providing a positive and sustainable change in the lives of young people through creativity


The enrichment programme will also include a range of additional support for Doncaster College and University Centre staff and students including free tours of the theatre, training, work experience hours, free tickets and opportunities for first-hand experience of creative projects at Cast through a volunteering scheme.


Kathryn Dixon, Director of Further Education for Doncaster College and University Centre comments:

‘University and college can be a complex transition time for many students and this partnership with Cast will offer both vibrant and effective opportunities to improve student’s wellness and aspirations. Having a healthy and productive time at Doncaster College and University Centreis great for the long-term success of our young people. This exciting project is just one of the many ways in which we’re working to widening access and enrich the student experience in Doncaster.’