On Friday 20th April, we attended the Bicester Volunteer Fair, to meet over 150 Sixth Form students offering their skills and time to help local organisations.
Many of the students we met had little or no knowledge of learning disabilities. I explained a little about how learning disabilities affect children and adults, and the impact the cuts to local services is having on our adults with learning disabilities.
There were several students genuinely interested in finding out more and 12 have signed up to help! Many are skilled in online communications, and others have offered to support us with music, craft and secretarial roles. We are absolutely thrilled! Watch this space for more news of how our new volunteers are making a difference for us…
A teacher visited our stand, explaining that her student wanted to invite us to the school to talk further about who we are and what we are doing. How heartening to have received such an enthusiastic response from these local students!
It was also great to meet representatives of the other charities there, to get to know more about them. We’re really delighted to have made great connections, and to have offers of help from the young talent in our local community!