This week’s Project Spotlight is on Bake It Up, which aims to improve the self-esteem of young people by allowing them to get creative in the kitchen and achieving something they can be proud of. Volunteers run two after school clubs, which enable participants to develop new skills, learn to work as a team and gain knowledge about various ingredients and foods.
What is Social Innovation?
According to the Stanford School of Business, Social Innovation is a “novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than current solutions”. Put simply, it is an outcome or solution that is produced by using innovative approaches and technology.
Volunteering provides an opportunity to develop new skills and build an existing experience and knowledge. It is essentially giving your time freely to participate in activities, which benefit others. It’s a chance to make a real difference. According to a study conducted by Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health on third graders, the children under the influence of volunteers tend to score significantly higher on a regular basis than children in a controlled group without any mentor.
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This week’s Project Spotlight is on Student Tutoring, a project that lets students go to local primary, secondary and SEN schools to help out in the classroom. I started volunteering with this project this academic year, because I wanted to get some classroom experience before I begin Teach First in September. I volunteer every Monday afternoon with two year 4 classes at Finham Primary School!
What is Right to Read?
Right to Read is one of the many projects students and staff can get involved with through Warwick Volunteers. Right to Read volunteers provide reading support for children in primary and secondary schools in Coventry, Leamington Spa and Kenilworth. These children are usually students who have been identified by their teacher as needing a little extra help with their reading and volunteers provide a much needed listening ear.