Looking Beyond Ourselves

Unwittingly, many of us operate from an inward-looking mindset, with a narrow-minded focus on our own goals and objectives. During this year’s World AIMS Days, Truro School pupils from 1st Year to Lower Sixth attended workshops and talks encouraging students to ‘look beyond themselves’.

Taking place over two days and working in their house teams, the students welcomed and visited charities and organisations committed to helping others, including Shelterbox, Send a Cow, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Sea Sanctuary and All We Can.

At the Shelterbox Visitor Centre in Truro, students attended a specially designed immersive event activity where they were given an exciting insight into what it takes to be a Shelterbox Response Team (SRT) member, from packing the Shelterboxes for the right climate to prioritising disaster areas.

Back on School grounds, representatives from Cornwall Air Ambulance put the students through their paces with an activity designed to symbolise the fitness levels required by Air Ambulance personnel. They also explained how the charity relies on fundraising efforts in order to provide their life-saving service and showed the students some of the kit required for each mission.

Send a Cow explained how they look beyond themselves to help poorer countries. They used a Transformative Household Methodology to explain the roles and responsibilities of household members in these countries and open up conversations around equality. Send a Cow outreach staff use the same methodology with families in rural Africa as part of their gender development work.

Penryn based mental health charity, Sea Sanctuary, taught the students a relaxation technique called ‘anchoring’ and explained how everybody has mental health and that we can work together to improve our own and other’s mental health and wellbeing. The students then created their own storyboards about mental health issues.

All We Can joined our groups for a workshop designed to think about situations faced by communities affected by climate change, reflecting on the influence that external factors can have on the outcome of any aspect of your life.

The students also enjoyed talks from Tassy Swallow, who is focussed on getting girls into surfing, and Bimini Love with her charity Street Cramps.

Each student formed their own understanding of the topics covered and took their insights away with them. Whilst the activities only took place over a few days, it is clear that the messages and lessons will help the students and staff to continue looking beyond themselves.

Thank you to all the Charities and speakers who joined us and to all the staff who helped to organise the days, and to the pupils for embracing the theme and truly looking beyond themselves.