Sixth Form Volunteering in the Community
We encourage all Westminsters to engage in some volunteering as part of their Sixth Form experience. This can be undertaken as part of the Options or Station programmes, or can be fitted in around other commitments.
The Volunteering in the Community General Option allows many Sixth Formers the opportunity to participate within the framework of the academic timetable.
Many take special courses to equip them properly for their chosen project. Examples include:
- learning British Sign Language in preparation for work in the classroom at the Frank Barnes School for the Deaf;
- TEFL training, with a view to mentoring children with little or no English
Others go out on placement for their Option. Projects include:
- helping run clubs and societies in local primary schools
- visiting the elderly or housebound
On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, projects run either alongside or instead of a pupil's normal sporting commitment. Here it is possible to:
- visit hospital wards;
- provide friendship at a local day-care centre for the elderly;
- work as classroom assistants at local primary schools;
- volunteer for Heath Hands, supporting the work of park rangers on Hampstead Heath
For those who wish to volunteer after school, projects include:
- supporting local youth clubs, including the Caxton Youth project;
- working with people with disabilities, for example at Pimlico Puffins, a swimming club
For annual projects: e.g. PHAB and the Chelsea and Westminster Project, please follow the relevant links.
Sixth Formers at Westminster benefit immensely from volunteering. They enjoy their work, discover new personal strengths and form relationships that they might never have thought possible.