Companies needed to invest a few hours to ‘make a difference’ partnering Cumbrian primary schools for Bright Stars 2022

Just a few hours supporting a primary school taking part in Bright Stars can transform the ideas of young pupils and get them excited about business in Cumbria.

That’s the message going out to companies and organisations from the Centre for Leadership Performance which needs more companies to partner pupils at primary schools across the county who aim to ‘make a profit & make a difference’ through the Bright Stars 2022 programme.

Dozens of primary schools are eager to take part in this inclusive and exciting programme which starts in May, but some could miss out unless more companies step up to support them.

Business wanting to get involved and learn more about how they can support Bright Stars and why companies part please can visit Bright Stars or contact Claire Johnson.

Bright Stars was co-created in partnership with businesses nine years ago to nurture a culture of aspiration and enterprise amongst primary school pupils and it has been hugely successful with than 1,500 pupils taking part last year. Causes and campaigns they chose ranged from improving road safety, encouraging recycling and welcoming wildlife to reaching out to support lonely people and the homeless.

Now in its tenth year, Bright Stars 2022 enables primary school pupils across Cumbria to run their own mini businesses and ‘make a difference’ to something that matters to them. Local MPs Trudy Harrison (Copeland), Mark Jenkinson (Allerdale), Tim Farron (Kendal and Westmorland), Neil Hudson (Penrith and Borders), Simon Fell (Furness) Cumbria are backing Bright Stars and supporting schools in their constituencies.

The eight-week programme introduces Cumbrian primary school pupils to leadership, social entrepreneurship and teamwork and gets them excited about the world of business in a fun accessible way. It enables children to meet positive role models and raises their aspirations and awareness of local careers, provides leadership opportunities and encourages young people to make a positive impact in their local communities.

Organised and project-managed by CforLP and delivered and funded in partnership with local businesses, the programme has delivered huge benefits for children by enriching the school curriculum and encouraging the children to ‘dream BIG’.

The programme is supported by Sellafield Ltd and BAE Systems which encourage their supply chain partners to take part by advising and guiding the children as they create businesses designed to ‘make a difference’ to something that matters to them.

CforLP Executive Director Sarah Glass explains: “The Bright Stars collaboration with Cumbrian businesses brings them closer to their local communities and the youngsters who are their future workforce. Businesses dedicate a few hours to support their partner schools – either online or face-to-face – to deliver huge benefits to the children and the businesses themselves. Their support also helps to fund the programme, which is encouraging the leaders of tomorrow.”

St Mary’s Hospice is proud to help Bright Stars schools across Cumbria.