Lutterworth Channel Development Manager Keeley Jefferies is in her second year volunteering to support students with reading, interview techniques and talking about her work experiences at the College and Sixth Form Centre she once attended. Here she shares her ‘giving back’ experience….
“I’m now in my second year of volunteering for ‘Go For Reading’ through Leicestershire Cares and I’m really enjoying being able to give something back to the College and Sixth Form Centre I once attended. The school shaped me into the person I am today and the feeling of dedicating my time directly to the pupils learning there now is one of great satisfaction.
As well as reading once a week with my buddy (Jacob, aged 11) to increase his confidence, I also take part in ‘Interview Technique’ sessions with older students, where I get the chance to take them through a mock interview and provide feedback and ideas on their approach.
My role in TT gives me the confidence to listen to others – no matter their age – and constructively comment on what they’re saying; a skill that comes in handy when talking to school children!
Most recently I’ve contributed to the ‘Speedy Speakers’ in the school assemblies, talking to all year groups about my experience in the world of work and the different directions my career has taken me since I left school. I’m hugely grateful to TT for engaging in this initiative and giving me the opportunity to speak to and work with young people. If I’ve managed to inspire just one of these children, I’ll take that as a massive win.”
Well done Keeley!
If you would like to get involved with any volunteering opportunities in education please contact Helen Treadwell - firstname.lastname@example.org.