Volunteering involves students across the Middle and Upper Schools and consists of four diverse community-based schemes: Fun Fizz, Junior Saints, Senior Saints (The Elms) and Senior Saints (Computing Skills).
All volunteers participate in at least two of these schemes during the course of the year.
Fun Fizz is arranged for children, both disabled and able-bodied, between the ages of 5 and 11. It has been active for over 30 years and offers a programme of physical activities for children with some form of special needs, ranging from autism and Down’s Syndrome to mild behavioural problems. As part of this activity the group visit Watergate, a primary school for children with profound learning differences, where they spend the Field Day as classroom assistants.
Junior Saints connects Alleyn’s students with pupils at Heber Primary School in East Dulwich and Rosendale Primary School in West Dulwich. Our students act as mentors in the areas of Numeracy, Literacy, Art & Craft as well as simply playing/interacting with the children. As part of this activity the group visit the school on Field Day where they spend the day as classroom assistants.
Senior Saints (Computing Skills) where our older students help elderly Seniors who lack the confidence or ability to keep abreast of modern technology with online skills - as well as drinking tea and eating cakes over a chat! As part of their Field Day trip, this group visit a care home in Croydon where they help deliver a craft-based activity to the residents, many of whom suffer from hearing loss.
Senior Saints (The Elms) where our students are involved with befriending the residents of The Elms Centre, a nearby care home for the elderly with memory issues. This group’s Field Day visit is to spend the morning at the Centre doing that most difficult of things – listening!
The knowledge & skills that all Volunteers learn on a weekly basis is put into action by acting as Learning & ‘Listening’ Assistants on each of our three Field Days.
Each scheme places different physical and emotional demands on our Volunteering students, who respond with exceptional maturity. Our students develop a keen sense of loyalty and commitment and, more importantly, a strong sense of community that cannot be taught or measured within the confines of a school setting. Each student’s progress is followed closely by the supervising teacher.