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  • International Women's Day

    International Women's Day... - International Women's Day

    Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. 
    A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #EmbraceEquity.
    Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness about discrimination. Take action to drive gender parity.
    IWD belongs to everyone, everywhere. Inclusion means all IWD action is valid.
    Equity isn't just a nice-to-have, it's a must-have.
    A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society's DNA.
    And it's critical to understand the difference between equity and equality.
    The aim of the IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme is to get the world talking about Why equal opportunities aren't enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action.

    IAC: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) 
    This image shows the difference between Equality and Equity, use this to discuss where you can see good examples of this in everyday life and is there anything we can do to readdress that balance? 

    Be an Allie

    We can all challenge gender stereotypes, call out discrimination, draw attention to bias, and seek out inclusion. 

    Collective activism is what drives change. From grassroots action to wide-scale momentum, we can all embrace equity. 

    Forging gender equity isn't limited to women solely fighting the good fight. Allies are incredibly important for the social, economic, cultural, and political advancement of women.

     Watch this video and play along...

    Did it make you think!.

    #Embrace Equity 

  • Dry January 2023

    Every year you hear the cries of ‘Who’s partaking in Dry January’…after the excess of the holidays, there are clear health benefits of scaling back and giving your body a rest to recharge, but do we sometime forget the effect that Alcohol can have on our brain and mental health too?

    Research conducted by the University of Sussex has found that more than 70% of people who take on the month, usually end up taking drinking much more healthy way past January, not only do they see the difference in their physical health they  also feel the boost in their general levels of wellbeing, and if you need further motivation money in your pocket too!

    Did you know there is now an App to help?

    • Track your units, calories and money saved when you cut down or cut out alcohol
    • Understand your drinking pattern 
    • Get the full picture with the Units calendar overview
    • Monitor your wellbeing with sleepenergy levelsmood and craving intensity trackers
    • Use the 'Notes' section to record your thoughts, feelings, daily reflections, events or learning
    • Use the health quiz to check up on your drinking
    • Keep track of your current and best ever dry streaks
    • Find extra free tools, tips and resources in the 'More' section
    • Use the app for Dry January and beyond:

    Motivation tip: You’ll be amazed at the money you can save if you cut down. Make yourself a money Jar for that larger item or trip of your dreams, every time save, put the money in your jar – you’ll soon have the money for something really amazing!

    Check out this video from Simone Chapel - the giving up Alcohol Coach, follow his link for his top 10 tips and support:
    Further Websites and localised help and support centres: 


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  • LGBTQ History Month

    LGBTQ History Month

    LGBT+ History Month 2023: Behind the Lens

    The LGBT+ History Month 2023 #BehindTheLens celebrates LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to cinema and film from behind the lens. Directors, cinematographers, screen writers, producers, animators, costume designers, special effects, make up artists, lighting directors, musicians, choreographers and beyond.

    At a time when LGBT+ lives are in the media we also encourage you to look ‘Behind the Lens’ and listen to LGBT+ peoples’ lived experiences.

    2023 also marks 20 years since Section 28, the law that banned “promotion of homosexuality” in the UK, was repealed. It was an attack on LGBTQ+ visibility, and together we resisted. And we’ve made progress in leaps and bounds since. But with parts of the community still under attack, we must remember why we can’t go back, and come together to keep moving forward.

    This LGBT+ History Month, let’s learn from our past and keep standing in solidarity to make history for our communities! 

    Source; Stone Wall:

     Check out this LGBTQ time line of LGBT Laws and fight for rights: 

    • Claiming our past – Celebrating our present – Creating our future
    Click this link to look at the Voices and Visibility Time line, once you log on, scroll down to the time line and you can click and hear the commentary about each person: 


    • The Proud Trust offers support and help for both adults and young people; ;
    • Capel Manor College There are on site Counsellors and Mentors located in Student Services, if you have anything that you would like to discuss please come to Student Services.
    • Out Side Agencies:
    • Gallop offer support for the LGBT+ community, Our team has decades of experience in supporting LGBT+ people who are victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence, hate crime, so-called conversion therapies, honour-based abuse, forced marriage, and other forms of abuse. ;

    • Get Connected is the UK's free, confidential helpline service for young people under 25 who need help, but don't know where to turn. By phone Call FREE on 0808 808 4994 Open from 11am - 11pm every day

    • Child Line is a free and confidential 24 hour helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls do not show up on mobile phone or landline bills. 0800 1111.
    •  The London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard (LLGS) offers details of helplines and instant messaging support and information to lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgendered communities.. LLGS also offer a free confidential helpline open from 10am – 11pm – 0300 330 0630.
    •  Connexions direct Free and confidential helpline for young people. Calls from landline are free and won’t show on the phone bill. Calls from mobiles are charged but they will call you back. Open 8am-2pm. 08080013219
    • Inclusion For All IFA offers training and inspiration to teachers and school leaders to tackle homophobia and bullying.
    •  Stonewall – A national campaign organisation promoting gay rights and they provide a free information service. Freephone information line can be reached on 08000 50 20 20 and is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm
    •  Families and friends of Lesbians and Gays If you, your family or friends need support, reassurance or information, please call our confidential helpline on: 0845 652 0311 All calls charged at 2p per minute plus network charges
    • R U Coming Out inspires, supports and unites those who are living their lives either completely, or partially in the closet.
    • Mermaids; Family and individual support for teenagers and children with gender identity issues.


  • Chinese New Year 2023

    22ndof January is Chinese New Year! 2023 is Year of the Rabbit. 

    The rabbit is the symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese Culture, thus 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope. The Rabbit of 2023 falls under the wood element, with water as the complementary element.

    The official day is Sunday 22nd; At Enfield the Catering team will be celebrating this period with a Chinese menu, on Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th January, leave your packed lunches at home and join for celebrations:


    • Beef in Black Bean Sauce
    • Stir fry Chicken with Egg Noodles
    • Vegan Szechuan Vegetables with Udon Noodles
    • Steamed Jasmine Rice
    • Chinese Beef Spring Rolls
    • Chinese Vegetable spring Rolls
    • Warm Vegan Hoisin Duck in steamed Beo Bun
    • Prawn Crackers

    Keep an eye out for events being marked at your local centres. 

    Find out which Chinese sign are you? Click this link to find out:

    More about Chinese New Year 2023

    Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is the main holiday in China. Its importance is rooted deep in history, and today it remains the most important occasion for generations of families to reunite and spend time together. The celebration is also believed to be significant to ensure good fortune for the coming year. Chinese New Year marks the transition between zodiac signs.

    In 2023, Lunar New Year will begin on the 22nd of Jan and will be the year of the Rabbit. 

    The date of Chinese New Year changes every year, but it always falls between January 21st and February 20th .

    The date is decided by the Chinese Lunar Calendar , which is based on cycles of the moon and sun and is generally 21 51 days behind the

    Gregorian (internationally used) calendar. Chinese New Year is a new moon day, usually the second after the winter solstice.

    Celebrations of Chinese New Year traditionally last for 16 days,

    starting from Chinese New Year's Eve to the Lantern Festival. Preparations for which begins on 2 February. The Lantern Festival is then held on 5 February.

    Find 10 more things to know about Chinese New Year:

  • Anti Bullying Week 2022

    Anti Bullying 2022 - Reach Out

    The theme of Reach Out came about following consultation with teachers and pupils by the Anti-Bullying Alliance which coordinates Anti-Bullying Week every year in England and Wales. Teachers and children wanted a theme that empowered them to do something positive to counter the harm and hurt that bullying causes. We always encourage anyone at any age to reach out and stand up to bullying of any kind, it’s never right, it’s never just, and if you are being bullied it’s never your fault – always find the strength to reach out, and know where you can go or who you can go to for help. I am aware that bullying is not solely a childhood issue, unfortunately adults can bully and be bullies too, so the message to reach out stretches to all ages. There is another message that we wanted to share that feels very relevant in today’s society of social media fuelled ideas that we have to either love or hate something, sometimes meaning even the most level head people to get carried away. There are always different approaches and choices to be made about how we choose to treat each other and this can make a difference to someone's day...always choose kindness... and learn how not to like each other:

    Antibullying Week 2022

    Please remember to come to student services at your relevant campus if you have any worries.

    Or if you need further support please check out the who have links and advice for everyone from adults, teens and children, they also have a comprehensive directory of support websites that you can access: 

    The National Bullying Helpline logo

  • Voting Registration Week

    Voter Registration Week 2022

    No Voice, No Say, make sure you register to vote. 


    From the Chartists to the Suffragettes, the history of voting rights is littered with examples of people taking extremely brave actions to secure the vote.

    we are  working with the Greater London Authority and Shout Out UK who are running an impartial public awareness campaign in collaboration with the Electoral Commission. All London councils and a broad civil society coalition to address the equalities impact of the Elections Act, namely the introduction of photo Voter IDs and the removal of voting rights from some EU Londoners.

    These are unprecedented changes to civic and democratic rights. So we need your support to continue to reach under-represented Londoners. We know that 61% of people are not aware of the forthcoming requirement in order to vote, photo ID will become a requirement.  11% do not hold a form of approved photo voter ID specified in the Elections Act (GLA/ YouGov poll, July - August 2022).

    Hence, we are getting involved with the Voter ID Public Awareness Campaign, to ensure that as many people as possible can have a voice in the elections.  

     From a group of Barons tracking down a king in a muddy marshland and forcing him to sign a piece of paper in 1215, to the eventual universal suffrage of all adults in the United Kingdom 713 years later (in 1928), we must remember that the right to vote in this country wasn't always guaranteed, and gaining it never came easy.

    A Brief History of Suffrage:

    1867 All male homeowners over the age of 21 are allowed to vote. That’s about 5.5million.

    1918 All men over the age of 21 and all women over 30 are allowed to vote. That’s about 21million.

    1928All women over the age of 21 are allowed to vote for the first time. That’s about 28million.

    1976The voting age is dropped to 18 for both genders. That’s about 40million.

    201416 and 17 year olds vote in the Scottish Independence

    2017On the 3rd of November an initial debate to lower the voting age was taken to Parliament. at the moment the age has stayed at 18. 

    No Vote No Voice, so join London Voter Registration Week 2021 | View from  Dr Elisabeth Pop | Trust for London

    You are not automatically registered to vote, you can register once you turn 16;  make sure have your say; use this link below to get on the voters register:

  • Black History Month

    Black History Month 2022

    Black History Month, is a yearly, month long celebration of black heritage, history and culture.

    It began in America in 1926 when historian and 'father of black history' Carter G Woodson (PIC)  and the association for the study of Negro Life andCarter G Woodson History, declared that the second week of February to be "Negro History Week" the date was chosen because it coincided with birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and the abolitionist Fredrick Douglass.  It was initially met with opposition from many racist groups, but over the decades popularity and awareness grew, and in 1970 it was recognised by US President Gerald Ford as what we know today as Black History Month', he said:

    "Seize the opportunity to honour the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavour through history"

    Why do the UK celebrate in October? 

    Historians argue that black British history has a different meaning to the history of the US. October was chosen because it coincided with the 150th anniversary of  the Caribbean Emancipation. First celebrated in 1987 it celebrated the unique and lived experiences of the nations African - Caribbean population. 

    Action Not Words

    We strive to live in a equal world, with no hate and no racism, to recognise and celebrate each others cultures, achievements and advancements. Not only that, but to recognise the importance of the contributions made by the Afro Caribbean community that have been too often overlooked in past history text and teachings. Its time for change.  

    How do we achieve this? What can we do in our everyday lives to embed the important messages of black history month, and make sure that it lasts not just a month, but all year?

    See it to be it, has been an important message, thinking about TV and media and how often ethnic groups are only represented playing certain roles in dramas, or not recognised throughout history or in TV adverts, things are begging to change, but there is more to be done. The main question needs to be, how do you know what's possible, if you haven't seen it, or recognise it as something you could achieve? 

    We recognise that particularly in the land based sector, there is much work to be done in making the sector more diverse. Please see our slide show for inspirational figures of African and Caribbean decent who are making waves in the land based industry. Enjoy this clip beolw to find out some things you may not know about black history. 

    Would you Share Your Journey with us: If you know of anyone who has inspired you that might be willing to share their story, please get in touch with us in Student Services. We would love to hear the stories of journeys lived through our student or staff body - real life stories can be so inspiring, so let us know if you are willing to share. 

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  • Anti Bullying Awareness

    Anti Bullying, one kind word can lead to another

    Read moreOne kind word can lead to another, and we can stand united together against bullying. 

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  • Autism Awareness Week

    Read moreA week of raising awareness about people with autistic spectrum disorders including autism and Asperger syndrome throughout the world.
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  • International Holocaust Memorial Day

    Holocaust Memorial Day
Coming together to remember and learn about the Holocaust

    Read moreHolocaust Memorial Day is on the 27 January. It is a date when millions of people all around the world remember the victims of genocide. This years Theme is One Day
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  • Hanukkah

    Happy Hanukkah

    Read moreThe eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BCE.
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  • Diwali


    Read moreHappy Diwali to all of our friends and colleagues.
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  • Holi


    Read moreHappy Holi to all of our friends and colleagues.
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  • Eid

    Eid Mubarak!

    Read moreMuslims around the world are marking the end of Ramadan this week by celebrating with the festival of Eid Al-Fitar
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  • Lent

    Read moreA common question used throughout the world around this time each year is: “What are you giving up for Lent?”, but what is Lent and why do many Christians give up foods they love for 40 days?
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  • Month of Ramadhan

    Month of Ramadam

    Read moreCelebrated by millions of Muslims across the globe, Ramadan is observed every year during the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.
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  • Festival of Vesak

    Happy Visak

    Read moreAlso known as 'Buddha Day', Vesak is the celebration of Buddha's enlightenment.  
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  • Sexual Health Awareness Week

    Please be aware that this week is Sexual Health Week 2022.

     It’s Sexual Health Week 2022. Time for a check-up? Want to find out more about sexual health services in your area?

    Terrence Higgins Trust offer free STI and HIV testing, free condoms and sexual health advice and support.  

    You can contact their confidential direct help line on: 0808 802 1221 


    they also offered a live chat services that is free and anonymous between 3pm and 5pm. 

    follow the link: 

    We run the C card scheme here at the college, which gives access to free lube and condoms, so please make sure to come to student services if you need any help and support.  Where you can sign up confidentially and be issued with a C Card, More info about the C card scheme here: