The 5th December marks International Volunteer Day. This year’s theme, Volunteer for an Inclusive Future, highlights the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 10 and the pursuit of equality including inclusion through volunteerism. This also links with the Leigh Academies Trust Vision 2025 document.
Volunteering provides opportunities for people, particularly those often excluded, to concretely impact their own lives and play a constructive role in their communities by volunteering their time and skills. Through volunteerism, communities around the world often experience strengthened solidarity and inclusion.
At the National Heroes Conference in July, The Halley’s Heroes created a pitch for their chosen activity which they delivered to judges in a Dragons’ Den style activity. As a result, they won a sum of money to support their plans to deliver a sports afternoon for students with SEND from local primary schools.
On 5th December, The Halley’s Heroes designed and led an afternoon of a range of sports activities including boxing, basketball, football, table tennis, volleyball and futsal for students from Kidbrooke Park Primary School and some of our Year 7 students at the Academy. The afternoon was a huge success with one of the primary students stating “I would like to come to this academy when I’m older”.
As always, The Halley’s Heroes were polished and professional and it was an opportunity for them to showcase all the skills they have learnt during the course of their peer mentoring training and to build stronger partnerships with the primary schools and the wider community.
We look forward to their plans for next years International Volunteer Day.
The SENCo at Kidbrooke Park Primary School sent a lovely message when she got back to school:
When the primary school children arrived back in school the children were able to feedback to their classes where they had been and what they had done. They had all had a lovely afternoon and the class teachers said they spoke about their visit in glowing terms and several children have asked if I can take them next time!
For me it was lovely to be back in a secondary setting and to see the Year 10s gaining responsibility and maturity in supporting younger children. Everyone behaved beautifully and we were made to feel so welcome.
Please convey my thanks to all involved.