Year Ten and Eleven students from Portland School and Specialist College in Blythe Bridge, Stoke on Trent, are busying planning and preparing for the experience of a lifetime- constructing schools and teaching in The Gambia, Africa.


Portland School has teamed up with the charity Affecting Real Change, a grass roots charity that works with local communities and facilitates responsible volunteering in the developing world, to create an extraordinary opportunity for students with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.  In the Spring of 2016, six students, three teachers and an ARC volunteer will spend a week in Gambia, learning valuable skills and helping create a better educational environment for hundreds of Gambian students.


Portland School is  a special school for students with social, emotional and behavioural The school hopes to make this a regular, sustainable programme that enriches the lives of their students, at the same time giving them valuable social and career skills for a positive future, after successfully matriculating from Portland School.


In 2014, two Year 11 students successfully completed a week creating a garden for Bakau Lower Basic School in the Gambia!  In 2015, three students built a four foot garden wall to protect the garden at the school.  

Updates 7

After a life-changing experience in January 2014, we are working towards our 2015 volunteering expedition! Our first fundraiser went off with fantastic success this past weekend. We spent Sunday at the King's Market in Stoke on Trent.

25/03/14 08:31

Want to see our 2014 project- visit

04/03/14 10:30

We're getting closer... Less than three months to go now! Our Etsy shop has had its first sales, getting us closer to our goal! This Sunday 27th October, we will be at the Macclesfield Treacle Market, selling our homemade crafts and treats!

25/10/13 08:29

We were at the Midsummer Mayhem in Lyme Valley, Newcastle today! Thanks to everyone who supported us, and especially Mr. Morgan for the emergency gazebo!

28/07/13 06:38

Wow!!! Congratulations to two of our PS4GC students who have won NATIONAL awards with ENGAGE IN THEIR FUTURE!

04/07/13 09:34

Raising money for

Affecting Real Change

Affecting Real Change

Charity Registration No. 1143942

Affecting Real Change facilitates volunteer opportunites with a focus on the development of education in the developing world.

Raising money for

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Charity Registration No. 1143942

Donations 7

Donation by Anonymous on 25/10/13


+ £5.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 23/10/13


+ £2.75 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 03/05/13


text donation

Donation by Anonymous on 21/04/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

via sms

Donation by Annonymous on 01/04/13


What a great experience for them. Good luck with the trip.

Donation by Anonymous on 28/03/13


Donation by Anonymous on 27/03/13


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£57.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£10.00
  • Total raised£67.00
  • Gift Aid£10.50

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