I volunteered this year to be a project leader who would run the IT Sessions for the elderly residents, to help them with their basic computer skills.
I volunteered as a basic volunteer last year and have fallen in love with the project ever since. To be the project leader this year and take over the sessions has just been such a great experience! It includes a lot of responsibility and organisation but the result is just fantastic! You get to socialise with the residents and the volunteers, portraying a positive student relationship with the residents as a whole. These sessions allow you to develop your teaching skills and confidence through constant interaction with volunteers and the residents.
Through volunteering in these sessions I was given the opportunity to get involved in carol singing, proposed by one of the residents. Other volunteers have been coming carol singing as well and we have found it a bit of a challenge but at the same time it is just so much fun!
Through getting involved in the sessions so many opportunities open up to you! You make new friends, you get involved in new things and you even learn something new yourself through teaching the residents!
Here are two comments from two residents that attended the sessions this year:
“I found the sessions very helpful, a positive learning experience on which will genuinely help me.” Joan Houghton.
“Camaraderiegood. Students very able, willing and friendly.” The Westerns
Here is some feedback from two of the volunteers who attended the sessions this year, explaining how they felt about getting involved in the sessions:
“Good fun with very friendly residents. Learned some new things myself!” Heather Taylor.
“Very enjoyable, full of lovely people.” Marina Monk.
As you can see from the feedbackthe volunteering IT Sessions have been very enjoyable by everyone! I would strongly recommendgetting involved in the sessions, as it has trulybeen an amazing experience!