Nunsmoor Centre Trust
The centre is based in the West ‘inner city’ area of Newcastle. It serves a very diverse community and is in an area of deprivation. Go Volunteer has linked with the centre through initiatives such as The English Conversation Group, Cookie Club and Junk Music.
The English Conversation Group was the first of the projects developed with Go Volunteer. The classes, which run every Thursday and Friday, are student led. During the sessions, 35 volunteers teach and help 55 learners develop their English skills. The students took ownership of the project from the outset and were committed, conscientious and enthusiastic throughout. Support from the Go Volunteer staff has been excellent, and a good working partnership has been established between the Trust and staff. The project has been enormously successful, and we have seen learners with little self confidence in their early weeks of attending the group go on to blossom and achieve a great deal thanks to the work of the student volunteers.
Cookie Club was created in response to major budget cuts from Newcastle City Council. Go Volunteer saw a need to provide activities for children during after school hours. This arts and crafts group sees 15 volunteers providing a safe, happy environment where 20 children come together to create, express and enjoy themselves through arts and crafts activities. Friendships are formed and children build new skills. Respect for, and tolerance of, others are learned as they spend time together. The students are all very dedicated to ensuring that they provide a happy creative space.
Junk Music has just come to the end of a six week pilot project. It was an exciting new venture which has been hugely enriched by the input of 5 ‘Go Volunteer’ students working with the Project facilitator. This project brought children with additional needs and/or disabilities together with their non-disabled peers to share in the joy of making musical instruments from recycled materials and then playing together. At times the students have led the group, and at other times provided one to one support for the 12 children who have needed it to reach their potential. Without that extra support and input provided by the students this group could not have taken place.
Alyson E. Hampshire
Nunsmoor Centre Trust