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Beormund School is a EBD (Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties) Primary School next door to Charterhouse. The after school youth club for the children at the school takes place on Fridays between 3:30 and 5PM. The club has 2 goals. One is to provide enjoyable activities and support for the children at the school and the other is to provide young people with a quality and fun volunteering opportunity.

Charterhouse is working with KickStart and Faces in Focus on the project. Both these organisations work with and support young volunteers. Volunteers are able to help plan, organise and deliver activities and sessions for the children and these help to develop their own skills and outlook. There is the opportunity to get training too. That can be specific training to the needs of the children such as ‘behaviour management’ and ‘social & moral development’ and more general training such as first aid and teamwork training.

So, not only do the volunteers get a chance to pass the time in a constructive way, the experience can be invaluable when looking for work or when trying to get into college. You can get a recognised accreditation such a Millennium Volunteers Award for your work and to potential employers or colleges, volunteering can provide evidence of

- Dedication
- Willingness to learn
- A well rounded personality
- Organisational skills
- Teamwork skills
- Communication skills
- An ability to get on with others
- Self confidence
- Self discipline
- Specific skills related to the field of volunteering

and they will pick someone with these skills over a non volunteer anyday.

Perhaps, most importantly of all, Volunteers enjoy themselves. Working with the children IS fun and there are few feelings like knowing that you have made a real positive difference to someone else’s day.

What do the children get out of it?

As well as a load of fun, the children enjoy the non-school environment as much as the activities. They enjoy the attention and support of young people and respond accordingly. Really strong relationships can develop between the children and the volunteers that can really add another dimension to the child’s life as well as providing strong support to the work that the school does. The club has become an important part of the children's week and an important part of the school programme.

It’s not that difficult or demanding either. 1½ hours each week on a Friday afternoon is a small price to pay for the potential benefits to you. If you think you might be interested in volunteering and are aged between 14 and 24, give Alex a call at Charterhouse. You can reach him on 020 7403 1676.