Trinity School Volunteering Programme
There are opportunities for Trinity students off all ages to volunteer their time and abilities in annual events such as the Christmas Party or more regular assistance in a variety of neighbourhood placements. Our students gain valuable practical and social skills and a window into the wider world whilst supporting local community groups. It is hoped that students will continue volunteering as a lifelong interest.
What do our students do?
Over 100 students from the Junior Form to the Sixth Form ensured that the 150 guests who attended the annual Christmas Party had a wonderful time. They served refreshments, enjoyed chatting at tables, presented poems and a quiz and participated in an amazing showcase of musical entertainment. Their support of individual guests made it possible for housebound guests to join us. Everyone shared a Christmas toast and mince pies to complete a lovely evening.
Students in the Lower Sixth complete a term’s volunteering one afternoon a week. The opportunities are in environmental work, residential homes, charity shops and schools and students can express a preference.
Ecological work includes maintaining the wildlife and pond areas at Croydon Ecology Centre and the warden reports that ‘students were outstanding and we are very proud of them’. Skills learnt whilst assisting the Trinity garden and grounds staff give an appreciation of the hard work which goes into preparing sports pitches and our beautiful school environment. Clients of Neighbourhood Care Agencies welcome our students who assist with tasks that they may no longer be able to carry out. Feedback relates that they ‘swept leaves and did inside jobs and offered to do more as they had 5 minutes left. They were polite and well-mannered and made time to chat.’
Students also volunteer at Oasis Academy Shirley Park where they ’built up good relationships in Maths and English sessions, where interaction has been very positive and students are pleased to see them.’ Other opportunities were at Treetops Nursery where our students ‘were very kind to the children and happy to play and participate in nursery life’ and Cumnor Girls School where ‘they were willing and used their initiative to assist before being asked’. Rutherford School for children with complex disabilities were happy to supervise our ‘delightful group of students’ as they worked in the classroom and the musical group who supported children from Castle Hill Autistic Spectrum Unit planned fun and instructive sessions.
A new website for the Purley Cross Centre was built with our students’ assistance and other students assisted the activities co-ordinators at Hall Grange, Wilhelmina House and Whitgift House residential homes with games and pampering sessions. Tasks at MIND in Croydon and RSPCA Charity Shops involved setting out stock, customer service and till work.
Upper Sixth students opt into the programme and worked in local residential homes, where they did baking, card games, quizzes and much more.
Up to 180 Fourth and Fifth Formers are placed in community projects on Field Day. All learn how to work as part of a team, following instructions to have a fun day out whilst making a difference to the community.
Recent environmental projects include clearing the garden at Beulah Community Church for use by their clients, scrub clearance and pondwork at South Norwood Country Park, bush craft at Pinewood Scout Camp and planting saffron bulbs at in Heathfield Bee World, part of a project to bring saffron back to Croydon.
The children of Highfield Primary School were treated to a day of sport, chemistry or computing, assisted by our students and another group of students planned and ran sports sessions at Highfield. The Orpheus Centre, who give performing arts training and living skills to young disabled adults, ran a fun day sharing activities with our drama staff and students. Groups of students assisted with activities and provided musical entertainment at our local residential homes and they were encouraged to chat to the residents, many of whom have interesting life stories.