Date Posted... Feb 22nd 2024

Giving Back on a Wednesday Afternoon

Our Wednesday community volunteering activity is highly sought after by students from 4th Year to Sixth Form, drawing in a large group of pupil volunteers each term. Mr. Chamberlin, the coordinator of this Wednesday Afternoon Activity, said this offers excellent opportunities for pupils to enhance their skills and acquire practical work experience.

We spoke with seven girls participating in the volunteer program at Oxfam in Truro City Centre, where Deputy Manager Caroline explained the shop’s need for 20 volunteers per shift to ensure smooth operations. Caroline commended the student volunteers for their hard work and positive attitude, noting their increasing confidence as they engage with customers and learn new skills.

Marley, an international student from Lithuania, is involved in shop merchandising and product presentation, enjoying the opportunity to interact with customers and develop their communication skills.

Chloe and Ella are learning about Gift Aid and tax arrangements. In contrast, Anna and Emily are responsible for organising and pricing stock and with others working on the till serving customers. Each gets to experience all areas of the business and learn new skills.

Other Lower Sixth students like Katie are pursuing volunteer roles at Treliske Hospital to gain relevant experience for their future careers. Katie conducts community survey work in the cardiology department, where she interacts with visitors and nurses, enhancing her skills and knowledge in the medical field.

Pupils are also helping at the local childcare nursery, and residents from a local care home have enjoyed lunchtime piano performances from one of our top school pianists.

If you want to learn more about this club, please get in touch with Mr Chamberlin.