Parents, carers and older siblings regularly request to volunteer in school. This is because they have some time that they can offer, they have skills that they can share or they require some experience in a school or work environment before starting a course or job. Parents are also supported by staff from PATA (Playgroup and Toddler Association) and GEM (Going the Extra Mile), who offer them practical training and advice, signposting them further towards training and work opportunities.
We have a programme which enables us to provide volunteers with induction into school life and opportunities to try a range of areas of the school where we really benefit from volunteer support. Safeguarding training is also provided and where appropriate, Food Hygiene courses are offered These areas include -
- reading with children
- supporting teachers and teaching assistants in class activities
- supporting teachers and teaching assistants during Widden Workshops on Friday afternoons
- accompanying children from our Nursery to Forest School visits
- offering welcome and support to new parents as a Parent Partner
- supporting other volunteers to run a creche for parents at our English for Parents sessions
- supporting other volunteers to run our Stay and Play sessions for parents with babies and toddlers
- supporting school staff at our Breakfast Club and After School provision
- maintaining our Community Garden and supporting staff when working with children.
Volunteers usually then settle in one class or activity and we are pleased to see many of them move into paid work either at Widden or at another work place.
Safeguarding training is also provided and where appropriate, Food Hygiene courses are offered.
We enjoy celebrating achievements of both our parents and their children.
Thank you to all who support us by volunteering your time and skills to further support the life of our school.