This year saw the launch of the innovative Attleborough Sixth Form volunteering programme, which aims to educate our young people on being part of a society and to show them the importance of ‘giving back’ to the community of people that make up our wider world. Our Year 12 students have ensured this project is a great success by embracing the programme with enthusiasm. Each student now gives an hour or more of their time each week supporting charities and groups, both locally and within the Academy. The project was introduced by a series of workshops and presentations led by Assistant Principal Carmina McConnell, Ignite Youth Project Worker from the Lighthouse Charity, Debs Carter and Jen Pochin from the St Edmunds Care Home. Our students volunteering within the academy includes supporting younger students in a range of lessons, in the garden club, and in the library; in the community it includes visiting St Edmunds Care home as a team to socialise and support the elderly, to working at The Lighthouse Charity teaching computer skills, and gathering life stories, alongside working with Junior and Nursery school students in the town.
The students’ volunteering hours are registered and certificated with national charity ‘vInspired’, gaining them acknowledgement of the wonderful work that they carry out over this year.
We hope for this project to continue to go from strength to strength. If you are involved in a local charity or caring organisation that would benefit from our students volunteering one hour a week with you next academic year, then please email: firstname.lastname@example.org