Helping Primary School children with their homework: The project was born out of the understanding that this group of young people face significantly more barriers to learning and that these barriers can limit their ability to achieve.
- To offer academic support and encouragement to children with their homework, working in small groups of 2 to 3 children per volunteer
- To work with students aged from 6 to 11, from countries such as India, Romania, Syria, Afghanistan and Bulgaria with varying levels of English
- To provide academic support with homework across a range of subjects.
- To provide general support to improve students' reading, writing and spoken English.
- To help prepare the space where the students will work
- To help complete sample projects for the children
- To help prepare drinks and snacks
- You will have the satisfaction of knowing you have made a huge difference to the life of a young refugee.
- You will be playing an important role in supporting newly-arrived children to settle into school, gain confidence and achieve their full potential.
- Our volunteers tell us that they find the role fulfilling and enjoyable.
You will learn listening and communication skills - many of our mentees have poor spoken and written English.
You will receive training from us in the role and in the context of the refugee experience, as well as safeguarding training.
We believe a good Homework Club volunteer needs:
- A warm personality and a good sense of humour
- A sensitivity to other cultures and an ability to communicate successfully across cultures
- General awareness of study skills and problem solving approaches
- Reliability, patience and flexibility
- An ability to build good rapport with young people aged 6-11
- A commitment to equality & diversity and the rights of all individuals to respect and fair treatment
- Willingness and ability to share skills and knowledge with the children
- Confidence to establish and maintain appropriate boundaries
- High standard of English language (spoken, written and reading)
- A non judgemental and supportive approach and belief in the potential of others.
If you are studying or researching a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Maths (STEM) related subject and want to volunteer and share your knowledge and experience with young people, you could become a STEM Ambassador.