A reality tv star offered pupils a helping hand in giving something back to their community.
Students at Belmont Community School, in Durham, have been working with Melody Hossaini, 26, who reached week 10 of BBC One’s The Apprentice .
Melody proved herself a force to be reckoned with when she battled it out against other hopefuls to win a placement or partnership with Lord Alan Sugar.
Melody’s company, InspirEngage International, specialises in innovative skills development bootcamps for young people.
During the next four months she will be working with the students at Belmont Community School to start a scheme designed to integrate students into community projects.
Pc Waheed Mughal was the Sherburn-based police officer responsible for getting Melody on board and said the first session went brilliantly.
Pc Mughal said: “It went very well. The pupils took what Melody said very much on board.
“The project is in its infancy, but it’s hopefully going to become a long-term thing, something that the whole community will benefit from.
“The response from the students was over-whelming.
“The young people see that it is a unique, bold and innovative opportunity,” he added.
With Melody’s help, pupils can get involved in different types of community projects which will all benefit residents in Durham.
The project is a joint initiative funded by Durham County Council, Safe Durham Partnership and the Durham Agency Against Crime and it aims to enhance the pupils’ own abilities, raise their business awareness and develop team-building skills.
The school’s student council will now be involved in selecting 40 pupils to take part in the scheme.
Pc Mughal said: “Melody is very relatable to the young people. Her content is always tailored to meet the audience and I feel like she can have a real relationship with these students and they are looking forward to the next step.
“The feedback we have had has been excellent.”
Melody added: “I am delighted that InspirEngage International will be working with Durham Police to support the young people in developing their skills to achieve their vision and in turn, improve the community as a whole.
“I very much look forward to the weeks ahead and the delivery of the InspirEngage skills bootcamp to the young people.”