The Engineering Development Trust (EDT) are a nationwide educational charity engaging young people through STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) focused experience days, projects and placements. They run a number of programmes and for several years Billericay Lions have been delighted to sponsor teams from The Billericay School to participate in Go4SET projects.
EDT’s Go4SET project are typically 10 weeks and offers young people in Years 8/9 the opportunity to develop skills, inform subject choice and change perceptions about STEM, raising awareness of how studying these subjects can lead to a rewarding career. As well as sponsoring the teams Billericay Lions have also provided mentors to help and guide the teams through the process.
The teams have had increasing success over the years with the previous year’s team passing on their knowledge to the next group and it culminated in 2019 with the them winning the Best Overall Project. Although the Billericay Lions had agreed to again sponsor a team in 2020 the Coronavirus Lockdown and closure of schools meant they were unable to defend their trophy.
On Saturday the 7th December 2019, in association with the Billericay Tree Wardens, a “Grove of Elms” comprising of six trees grown on from stock that are highly Dutch Elm Disease resistant, was planted along with the installation of a bench to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Lions Club of Billericay.
This was an overall joint project between Billericay Lions, Basildon Borough Council, the Friends of Lake Meadows and the Billericay Tree Wardens.
A regular annual event, Billericay Lions organise a day out at Adventure Island Southend for a party of 12 children (and helpers) part of a four week visit hosted by the local Chernobyl Childrens Lifeline group.
The children seemed to delight in the most scary rides and were even joined by our braver members.
Burgers, chips and drinks at lunch time, ice creams. Despite the language barrier communication was no problem.
The day was finished off with an excellent meal at Tomassi’s restaurant in Southend, with meals for the children kindly donated by the Tomassi family.