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I.T. Tutor

Organisation: Age Concern Redbridge
Date: 11 November 2010

Activity:
The aim of our IT workshops is to enable and empower older people in Redbridge to use new technology. The role of the IT Tutor will be to train small groups of no more than 5 people at a time, teaching basic computer skills, how to access the internet and use email.
Comments:
Age Concern Redbridge is a very supportive and friendly group and goes out of its way to make volunteering easy and enjoyable. Working with small groups - usually one-to-one - makes it easy to see how clients' ability to use IT develops and how they start to use IT for day-to-day activities and tasks. It also provides opportunities to learn about new things - family history and Gaelic football being just two topics I now know about! And, of course, volunteering provides many opportunities to improve mentoring and teaching skills. Very worthwhile.
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voluntary teaching assistant

Organisation: Stradboke Primary School
Date: 5 November 2010

Activity:
Helped with reading, writing, drawing and other simple activities.
Comments:
I loved the children, and got on well with them. I hoped to do more with them, including speaking French at an early level, as well as reading with them in particular.
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Mentor on Leaders Together

Organisation: TimeBank
Date: 3 November 2010

Activity:
I mentored someone trying to set up a refugee community organisation
Comments:
I was excited when my mentee was successful in gaining funding, I really felt I had made a difference both to him and the chances of his project being successful. We had worked on the bid together and I hope that it means he will be able to continue fundraising effectively. I will be volunteering again on the new version of Leaders Together later this year.
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Volunteer Reader

Organisation: St Josephs School
Date: 2 November 2010

Activity:
Read to year4/5 school children as part of their reading policy.

I did it through our employee volunteering programme at work where we get five days off to volunteer
Comments:
Its really easy to fit into my work schedule - just one hour every two weeks. The fact that it's local meakes it so much easier.

Its definitely good to do it as an ongoing thing because you start spotting and developing new ways and tricks to best help a child read.

It's also really great experience for working with children and it helps you develop more of an understanding of how to communicate with children too.

Plus it's so nice to volunteer in sucha lovely, sweet school where the pupils are really loked after.

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Activities Volunteer

Organisation: The Connection at St Martins
Date: 1 November 2010

Activity:
General keeping service users company, talking to them etc

Organising a computer rota

Comments:
Really good training that prepared me and educated me about the reasons why people could become homeless which meant that I felt comfortable and prepared.

I really feel like I've learnt so much about homelessness in London and thats made me treat homeless people so differently too. Its defintely had a real effect on me and I always leave with a warm feeling inside knowing that I've kept a few people company and made them feel like someone actually wanted to spend time with them and found them interesting.

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Advisory council

Organisation: Chance UK
Date: 1 November 2010

Activity:
On council
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Strategic Consultant

Organisation: Bright One
Date: 1 November 2010

Activity:
Provide the strategy across a range of accounts.

Provide support and advice to Account Managers and Account Executives.

Ensure output from the Account Managers and Account Executives is of a high quality.

Provide advice and strategy for Bright One as an organisation and its development.

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Back to Life

Organisation: TimeBank
Date: 1 November 2010

Activity:
Back to Life offers practical and emotional support to young adults recovering from mental health issues. The mentoring scheme helps adults aged 18-35 in Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham and Croydon to reach their full potential.

Someone recovering from a mental health issue may not have the support they need to regain their confidence and move on with their life. A trained volunteer mentor can give friendly and neutral advice about setting realistic goals and taking steps to achieve them.

Back to Life matches young adults who have experienced a mental illness and are looking to build their personal, professional and social skills back up, with a same-sex mentor of a similar age.
Comments:
This is a really rewarding experience. I have been meeting my mentee for a year and can really see the difference in her. It can literally be meeting for a coffee and chatting about her week that makes a real difference to her life.
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Frog Volunteer

Organisation: Thames Discovery Programme
Date: 1 November 2010

Activity:
Recording archaeological remains along the Thames foreshore and helping with education activities
Comments:
Brilliant, loads of fun and really great people!
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Project Volunteer

Organisation: Little Big Africa
Date: 1 November 2010

Activity:
Construction of a water tank, teaching english and water safety, and much more!
Comments:
Absolutely brilliant - would thoroughly recommend them as an NGO to volunteer for. They are based in Uganda: http://www.littlebigafrica.org
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