At the beginning of term Bradford Girls’ Grammar School set up a partnership with Bradford Community & Voluntary Service, and VInspired, the largest youth volunteering organisation in the country, to launch a new Sixth Form Volunteering Programme (CVP).
Under the new programme all Year 12 students are required to undertake one hour of volunteering a week for the first two terms. To understand the options available students attended a volunteering fair which saw representatives from a number of charities and volunteering organisations including Dyslexia Action, Barnardos, Bradford NHS Trust, and West Yorkshire Community Policing along with a number of teachers from the various departments within the school.
Student log their volunteering hours using the VInspired digital platform enabling them to gain accreditations and work toward national volunteering awards that are recognised both by employees and universities. ‘We are always keen to encourage Sixth Form students to take on positions of responsibility within school or out in the wider community. Certainly volunteering can bring many personal benefits in terms of building confidence and self-esteem. It can also help to further develop leadership, organisation and communication skills as well as promoting new skills’, said Mrs Cockroft, Assistant Principal and acting Head of Sixth Form.
pic: Sixth Form students with Police Officer Fiz Ahmed at the Community Volunteering Fair
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