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Monday, 14 September 2015
The Arts Centre was bustling as Year 12 pupils at Bolton School attended the annual Volunteering Fair to find the perfect volunteering opportunity for them. Year 12 students are encouraged each year to get involved with supporting their local communities, and the School invites a variety of organisations to come and give pupils a flavour of the activities that are available through volunteering.
More than ten organisations this year filled the Arts Centre, representing the broad range of opportunities available. These included Beechville Care Home, Bolton Lads and Girls Club (BLGC), Darcy Lever Gravel Pits Action Group (GPAG), Gilnow Primary School, the Octagon Theatre, Disability Snowsport UK, BSS Leisure Services, Smithills School and the Ogden Trust.
Bolton School staff were promoting various volunteering opportunities in School, from acting as classroom assistants at the Junior Schools or Beech House Infants School to giving up break and lunchtimes to be Library Assistants, or even mentoring younger Senior School pupils. The School also relies on Sixth Form volunteers to run events such as the SHINE Saturday school for local Year 5 pupils and the Level 6 Maths Club, which raises the SATs attainment of pupils from primary schools in the area.
There are also opportunities in School for students to be very proactive in their volunteering efforts. For example, students are needed each year to support local charity Urban Outreach by organising and encouraging the donation of food items for Grub Tubs and the annual Christmas Hamper Project, and also to run ‘Tea at the Riley’, a monthly afternoon tea party for local elderly people.
Sixth Formers are encouraged to sign up to vInspired and record their volunteering hours in order to achieve awards. At the end of the year, the School hosts a celebration evening to congratulate the whole of Year 12 for the time they have committed, the skills they have developed along the way, and the difference they have made for their local communities.
The Volunteering Fair gives pupils an insight into the variety of organisations they can help, and inspires them to take the first step and sign up on the day.
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