Secretly always wanted to teach? Now you can!
This autumn, it’s back to school for learners at St Mungo’s Recovery College. The Better Bankside community partner, based locally in Rushworth Street, provides free training and workshops to St Mungo’s clients, ex-residents and staff, which are also open to the wider public. They are looking for local volunteers to participate in the college’s activities, increasing the number of courses on offer and enriching the learning experience of the students. The Recovery College is a great way for people who have been out of a learning environment for a long time to get back into the swing of it, helping them move towards employability while also picking up fun new skills.
To get involved choose one of two ways to help, depending on how much time you can offer and when:
1. Lead a course – your choice what! (2 hours plus planning, in January-April term)
Do you have a fun skill that you would like to share, and are you looking for opportunities to improve your public speaking, facilitation or training skills? You could deliver a session on anything you enjoy doing – professionally or as a hobby – from philosophy to computers to cross-stitch. The Recovery College team will help you design your session and schedule a convenient slot for you to deliver it over a couple of hours during the day or after work (5-7pm). You will be working with a small group of adult learners in an informal setting, practising your communication skills and learning how to impart information in a way that is fun and engaging. The Recovery College are currently looking for trainers for their January-April term.
2. Give support with an IT session (1-2 hours during term time)
If you are patient and supportive but don’t fancy leading a session yourself, you could help with the Recovery College’s drop-in IT sessions. You would spend an hour or so at the Rushworth Street base with other volunteers, providing one-on-one support to people as they use the computers there. No need to be an IT expert – many learners just need help simple tasks like setting up an email account or using Word to write a CV. You’ll develop your communication skills and get to know people in the area you probably wouldn’t get to meet otherwise.
All volunteers will be supported by the St Mungo’s team who will provide all necessary training and guidance.
To find out more, contact our Client Involvement Manager, Andy Williams, on 020 8762 5692 or at AWilliams [at] mungos.org