Busy week at Arbroath campus

The NC early education and childcare students from D&A College who collected more than 200 gifts for this year's Angus Toy Appeal.

The NC early education and childcare students from D&A College who collected more than 200 gifts for this year's Angus Toy Appeal.

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Students’ toy boost

A group of D&A College students did more than just toy with the idea of supporting a local charity when they collected more than 200 gifts for this year’s Angus Toy Appeal.

A total of 24 NC early education and childcare students, based at the Arbroath Campus, promoted the charity and solicited donations from across the campus, from both students and staff.

They also filled and raffled a Christmas hamper to raise almost about £100 to buy even more toys.

The presents are aimed at children aged 0-16 years and include Lego, board games, table football, sweets, hair and clothing accessories, books, stationery and toiletries.

Sex, drugs and Christmas crackers

In a curious inversion of the Ian Dury anthem, ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’, an event designed to give advice on how to stay safe at over the festive season was held at D&A College Arbroath Campus.

Entitled Sex, Drugs and Christmas Crackers, the event on Wednesday, organised by the learner engagement team, hosted a range of organisations who offered advice on a raft of subjects.

From saving money to staying sober, sexual health to driving safely, organisations such as Arbroath Street Pastors, Tayside Council on Alcohol, Women’s Aid and Police Scotland were on hand in the Angus Enterprise Centre.

With a particular emphasis on safe driving, Steve Wright, of The Puppet Broadcasting Company, gave a number of sessions on safe driving.

“Safe driving has taken on an even more important role this year with the change in the alcohol limit for drivers,” said a college spokesperson.

“People may be well aware that they shouldn’t drink and drive on an evening out but how many people realise that they may still be over the new limit the day after a party?

“While the festive season is akin party season, and we hope our students have a great time, this event is designed to give a gentle reminder that over indulgence can lead to what should be a happy time of year becoming a miserable one.”