On Tuesday 20 February, Year 12 students attended a presentation by representatives from the National Trust, RNLI and Tavistock Memory Cafe about opportunities for volunteering both locally and nationally.
A speaker from Buckland Abbey talked about the different roles available to volunteers within the National Trust, such as room guides and event assistants. One of our pupils is now hoping to assist with egg painting workshops during the Easter holidays, perhaps with a view to working with children in her future career.
The representative from the RNLI talked about the importance of volunteers to this charity which helps significant numbers of sea and water lovers; some of our swimmers may one day get involved in life-saving on their local beaches.
Other pupils, especially those hoping to work in mental health or the care industry, were particularly interested in the talk by the secretary of Tavistock Memory Café who explained how the café, which meets fortnightly at the Anchorage Centre, offers a place for sufferers of dementia and their carers to meet and enjoy a range of activities and entertainment. Another pupil has offered to help at the next meeting.
The presentation encouraged our pupils to think about how they can help in their community. Not only does volunteering add an extra element to their UCAS forms, it makes individuals stand out as being different, caring and thoughtful about the community they live in and how they can make a difference there.