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.
This week’s Project Spotlight is on Scouts, a nationwide organization that equips 400,000 children with the skills to undertake challenging activities, unique experiences and everyday adventure. Having been part of the Scouts sister organisation, Girl Guiding, since the age of 7, I was really excited to go back and to see what the equivalent Scouting side was like and what was offered in Coventry. On a Monday evening the Scouts host both Beavers (6-8 years old) and Cubs (8-11 years old) for a mix of boys and girls.
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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!