This takes many forms, different activities done at different times with different groups found in different ways [and some forms to fill in!]. You spend time regularly each week outside school as an individual volunteer, being useful to others without being paid for it. This could be in a busy primary school classroom, in the home of an isolated old person, at a Charity Shop –or anywhere else where help is needed. You choose the help you are prepared to give –but you are usually helping through an organisation where people know what help is needed and have their own rules for volunteers. Normally you commit yourself to a placement for 2 terms (or longer).
For the following list of volunteering opportunities, we prefer to make contact with the placement for you. It is also possible to suggest other placements for us to organise or to organise your own.
Most local primary schools [most welcome classroom assistants for Foundation Stage to year 6; Huntington Primary (DBS check needed and charged for), Robert Wilkinson (especially for swimming) and Yearsley Grove usually take several students].
Oxfam and Books for Amnesty Charity Shops [in the city centre].
Red Lodge [New Earswick sheltered housing and residential care home for the elderly].
Mencap [this includes a neighbouring home for mentally handicapped adults and their care workers,
Mencap have said they can take volunteers with a no-commitment introduction].
*AgeUK’s visiting scheme [you are matched to an elderly person and visit them at home after an interview and training session and DBS check, usually a long term commitment].
*Wilberforce Trust [activities with blind people often with other handicaps mainly living in small supported homes or in the new activities centre in Huntington - after an interview and training session and DBS check].
*York Hospital [roles sometimes available, sometimes shown on their NHS vacancy website under “Volunteer” -more details on the “gifts” notice board in common room].
* THESE LAST THREE PLACEMENTS MAY TAKE MANY WEEKS TO ORGANISE so you will do one of your other PDP activity choices for the first term, while we confirm your ‘community service’ can begin in January. You would normally then commit to more than one term at this placement.
In addition to the above, other opportunities for volunteering can be found on the “gifts” notice board to the right of the plasma screen in the common room and on the “do-it” website described there.
PDP ‘Community Service’ often takes place on Wednesday afternoons, but the equivalent 2 hours may take place at other times, thus allowing Wednesday afternoon to become private study time.
If you are interested in Community Service for PDP, in addition to completing the main PDP Options Form at the PDP Fair, you also need fill in the special ‘Community Service Application Form’ on the day, available from the Community Service stand at the Fair.
Co-ordinator: Mr P S Mattam
When: Wednesday afternoon or other times
Where: Off-site locations
How Long: Usually two terms or longer