This week we are celebrating volunteering as part of Student Volunteer Week, which sees tens of thousands of students across the country take part in social action activities.
Two of our SRC Bede Sixth Form students, Amber and Jodie, are passionate about giving back, dedicating their time to volunteering not just this week, but have been for many years. Both of the former North Shore Academy students scooped up platinum awards for fifty hours of volunteering whilst at the school, as part of the ‘Be Brilliant’ scheme. Jodie also won Catalyst’s Young Volunteer of the Year Award in 2014.
And the hours are continuing to rack up for the pair, as both are involved in voluntary work alongside their studies here at SRC Bede. Jodie, who volunteers at a local youth club for children with disabilities said: “I help out with activities, we cook, play games such as ping-pong and socialise.” Jodie, who studies BTEC Law, CTEC Health and Social Care and Applied Science wants to pursue a career in Learning Disabilities Nursing.
Amber, who like Jodie also searched for her own voluntary opportunities said: “I contacted the head teacher at Norton Primary Academy, which I used go to, and they let me help out in a year two class. Some of the teachers that taught me were still there!” Amber, who studies BTEC Law, CTEC Health and Social Care and English Language also provided one-to-one support for a student with special educational needs in the class, adding: “I found it really enjoyable, I want to be a primary school teacher so it was great to put on my UCAS application.”
Volunteering week is a great way to recognise the dedication and impact of student volunteers like Amber and Jodie. If you’d like to give back, search for local volunteering opportunities on the following websites: