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Regional Coordinator

Organisation: Twestival
Date: 5 April 2011

Activity:
The Twestival or Twitter Festival connects people who use Twitter to network offline and catch up socially. It is organised though teamwork by volunteers. Twestival supports a social cause by bringing awareness and raising funds collectively. I helped provide support and coordination for 8 cities running a Twestival event. Checking in with them on a weekly basis, ensuring they are updating their blog and twitter, feeding stories and activities into the global team and assisting with information about organizing their event and fundraising.
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It can be hard work. However this is far outweighed by the sense of achievement and being part of a global movement. The way that Twitter has enabled people, many who have never met, to come together and collaborate on such a scale is incredible and I have made some amazing new friends along the way.
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Team Mentors

Organisation: Envision - London
Date: 14 March 2011

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Envision supports over 2000 young people every year to speak out about the issues they know are important and to take action and lead change in their communities.

Be a part of their experience: we are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic Team Mentors and Skills Mentors who commit time, advice, and motivation to the teams as they create projects ranging from tackling Homelessness to promoting Diversity.

With an Envision team, explore the issues and their causes, facilitate their meetings, help build key skills and inspire confidence and ambition.

Join a team in a school or college close to where you live, work or study, from autumn 2010 to May 2011. Envision will provide full training, support and a chance to engage with some fantastic young people. Our volunteers have a range of skills and interests and this is a great way to gain experience in the Youth or Education Sector.

We are currently interviewing for volunteers for the coming academic year, help inspire change in young people, to apply visit www.envision.org.uk/volunteer or call Emily 020 7253 1677
To find out more and apply for this coming academic year please visit: www.envision.org.uk/volunteer
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teacher

Organisation: Christian Aid
Date: 5 March 2011

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I took assemblies, mainly in primary schools, but also in a sixth form. I also took a few lessons, and talked to adult groups. I have also supported campaign actions.
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I enjoy going into schools and bringing a new story and information to the students, and getting their interest and involvement. It is satisfying to think that you have brought something new to them, and that this might have an affect on how they view the needs of other people as they grow up. I regularly attended trainings because I enjoyed the sharing with colleagues, and always felt I had learnt something useful.
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Intern

Organisation: Employability Forum
Date: 4 March 2011

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I have worked on a number of projects, for which my roles have included communicating with refugee charities throughout the UK, arranging and leading focus groups, arranging meetings and contacting LA representatives and refugee service providers throughout the UK, writing up reports, devising a programme of support groups for refugees looking to get into teaching, organising, advertising and running events, screening new intern applications, data entry, ad hoc research for funding bids, meetings etc., establishing various contacts e.g. in other refugee organisations, with schools, people in local government, new refugees for the various projects we run, and helping to recruit new refugee volunteers for both the Refugees into Schools Project and a work placement programme we run.
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This was a really amazing opportunity to experience what working on refugee policy issues is actually like. I got to be really involved in the organisation and was given specific projects to develop and build a connection with. I feel like I have gained more confidence and skills to apply to future work. Everyone is so nice and truly invested in their interns. I highly recommend the internship.
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Mentor

Organisation: Leaders Together
Date: 3 March 2011

Activity:
Provide mentoring to the founder and manager of a refugee community organisation
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I enjoyed the role and felt I was able to help. I was told my support and advice made a difference. I wish I had been able to put more time into the role.
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volunteer teacher, volunteer speaker, campaigner, village organiser, events organiser

Organisation: Christian Aid
Date: 28 February 2011

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I have taken assemblies and taught lessons on development issues, talked to Mothers' Union groups, preached in local churches as well as organising local events and house-to-house collections in my village.
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I have had good training in speaking and in the background information needed for teaching and speaking 'assignments'. There is also a lot of advice and practical help available for those organising events and collections. Everyone at the local office is always friendly and helpful and I have been made to feel part of the team.
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Intern

Organisation: Employability Forum
Date: 25 February 2011

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Multiple tasks:

- admin duties;

- first contact point of the organisation;

- organised support group sessions for refugee teachers;

- organised internal meetings;

- attended external meetings w/ Refugee Council, UKBA, etc.
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Lovely and constructive environment: during my time at the Employability Forum I had the opportunity to carry out multiple tasks and get involved with all the projects of the organisation. I definitely improved my communication and team-working skills, as we as time management and organisational skills. I definitely recommend the internship!
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Graduate Intern

Organisation: Employability Forum
Date: 24 February 2011

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- Helped with Refugee Support Groups (about once a month).

- Helped with current projects and research.

- Prepared interview questions for some refugee teachers and their mentor; conducted the interviews; transcribed them; wrote four case studies based on the interviews.

- Updated refugee teachers database.

- General administrstive duties.
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Everyone at Employability Forum was really friendly and helpful. I was given a variety of things to work on while I was there and I felt involved with the current projects. I learnt many new skills and I would really recommend the internship.
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Volunteer speaker

Organisation: Christian Aid
Date: 21 February 2011

Activity:
Spoke about Christian Aid's work at churches and events around my region.
Comments:
I thought the resources and training I had were really helpful. There was always support on hand when I needed it.
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School or Centre Volunteer

Organisation: Kids Company
Date: 16 February 2011

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Whatever you
re into, whether it
s street dance or science, gardening or geography, your enthusiasm can help enrich the lives of vulnerable children. Kids Company supports teams located in schools across London; volunteers typically run, or help to run, lunchtime or afterschool clubs for small groups of children. Subjects include sport, dance, drama, music, circus skills, gardening, cookery, art, fashion, craft and design, photography, creative writing and yoga. They are also looking for volunteers to read with children, to play games with them in the playground, and to support their learning in the classroom.
Kids Company occasionally offer volunteering positions at their own centres, and if this is something you would like to do please mention this on your application form and they will discuss it with you in your interview.
Kids Company provides full training and support. They ask for a minimum commitment of 1 hour per week, for at least one academic term (12 weeks) but welcome volunteers who can stay for longer. Volunteers in a school or centre must be over 18 years old and be able to volunteer in the London area.
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Great experience, lovely kids - helped out with after school art club at the Arches.
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