Primary Voltage is a programme run by Lancaster University Volunteering Unit (LUVU) which works with pupils in year 5 to help them identify issues they want to tackle, and then set up a business on order to raise money and awareness of that issue.
The programme aims to teach the pupils how to be financially capable while also giving them an insight into the importance of social enterprise and a hands on chance to run their own business.
In Darwen LUVU is running Primary Voltage in a number of Darwen Aldridge Community Academy primary feeder schools, using funding from Inspiring Communities. The primary students are helped to identify their cause and set up their business by volunteer DACA students. The DACA students themselves are mentored by Lancaster University students.
As well as the financial and entrepreneurial knowledge the pupils will gain, the programme will further develop the already strong relationship DACA has with its primary feeder schools, and introduce Higher Education as a realistic possibility to the primary pupils and DACA student volunteers.