Early August saw the start of our London Social Justice project for A Level students. This year we had 14 student volunteers, coming from our Ursuline schools in Wimbledon, Forest Gate, Ilford and Greenwich and they spent a week volunteering in the same locations used during the Young Adults London Social Justice project.
The student volunteers are accompanied by an adult chaperone as they go to each venue and this year, our chaperone team was joined by several new our Youth Leaders, all of whom had volunteered with us in the past and were now helping as chaperones. They were wonderful role models for the student volunteers and the fact that they were already familiar with the venues meant that the whole week ran very smoothly.
They also helped at a Holiday Week for the elderly at the Woodgrange Baptist Church and with a variety of Neighbours in Poplar community projects run by Sr Christine Frost. Our volunteers gained an enormous amount from all of their placements and learned a lot about life and themselves in the process.
We had two gathering points during the week, one on the Tuesday afternoon to reflect on their placements and to check that all was running smoothly and the other on the Friday, when we had a final reflection followed by a celebratory meal together to mark the end of the project.