Hi there! Hope you have had a great weekend everyone 🙂
Sorry for the lack of posts recently! and I am coming back with a non-beauty related post today! :p But this is something I would like to share with you, because it made me happy.
Last week, I have been to my 2nd “End of school term” party with a group of primary school students, this is held at my local IntoUniversity centre in London. (IntoUniversity is a charity partner with my work place; IntoUniversity organises and runs after school homework clubs and learning sessions for children from less privileged backgrounds..)
I am a volunteering academic support tutor at the centre. Every 1 to 2 week I spend around 2 hours with these kids aged from 6 to 11, helping them with their homework and joining them at different learning activities.
Students agreed that by coming to these sessions, their homework has improved, they had a lot of fun, some have made new friends and have gained confidence in communicating with others! It is so nice to watch these kids blossom. Usually by the end of a term, newly joined children are more open, keen to communicate and learn.
At the centres, students get academic support and also the opportunity to learn about topics outside the school curriculum. We have completed a school term of BUSINESS ETHICS!!! and this term we were learning about paleontology, yup!! the studies of prehistoric life, DINOSAURS!
IntoUniversity centres work very hard to make these topics fun and informative, introducing the students to the vast choices of studies available in further education. Throughout the term, students are recognised and rewarded for regular attendance, good behaviour, class participation and concentration. At the end of each term, students are presented with certificates which they are all very proud of!
I find this a very rewarding experience, although I have to work later to makeup the time, but this is so worth it 🙂
I know sometimes people are just too busy with their everyday life or don’t know where to start even if they want to donate their time to charity work. But please do check your local community centres, libraries and local charity shops etc., they will have lots of information regarding charity and volunteering opportunities for you. They are more than happy to inform you about it, it is your choice rather you take it on or not.
If you are local to London, here are couple of links for you.
Even if you are not in London, try Google volunteering opportunities within your local area 🙂
No worries if you can’t commit your time regularly, here are few ideas;
– Register for a charity run, get healthy and raise some funds for your favourite charity!
– Do you enjoy DIY? you can offer your skills at your local community centres, play rooms etc
– Gardening expert? Your local school might need your help to introduce green space creating herb garden for the school kids?
– Sewing, knitting & baking queens can raise funds selling their creations at charity fairs. (Local hospitals always in need of blankets, cardigans, hats for premature babies)
– Beauty addicts? how about creative face painting for children at the fund raising events? 😛
There are so many opportunities around! and you would never know, you might just be able to change someone’s life for the better 😀
If you have the spare hour once a week, or even once a month.. I am sure these charities are more than happy for you to join in 🙂
and thank you for reading this post 🙂
I will start munching on my chocolate now!