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Introducing Volunteering at Gloucestershire College

Course description

This programme is available for people aged 16 to 25 who require a moderate to lower level of additional support in order to move on to volunteering opportunities, supported employment or higher level courses.

Through the course students will improve their communication and social interaction skills, confidence, independence and transferable volunteering skills, with the long term view of students decuring voluntary placements, supported employment of rmoving onto higher level courses.

Course content

The curriculum follows a personalised approach:

  1. Guidance and help with transition into College involving other agencies as required
  2. Initial assessment carried out in a supportive manner with student’s needs in mind
  3. Additional support available as required
  4. English and Mathematics is fully embedded in the learning to promote reading, writing, speaking & listening and number skills
  5. Individual goals are negotiated and set with the students
  6. Regular pastoral support is offered 
  7. Regular review and assessment of student progress is a core part of the programme
  8. Close communication regarding progress is maintained with families/carers/other agencies throughout the year
  9. Transition onto another course or out of College is supported and includes other agencies

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. Each student will be invited to attend a Transition Programme where their needs and suitability will be assessed.

Students usually come from specific provision in mainstream schools or specialist units within the county. We welcome direct enquires from parents and/or guardians.

Future opportunities

Students have a chance to progress onto

  • Higher level courses within Foundation Studies or the College 
  • Voluntary work 
  • Employment (either supported employment / full / part time employment)

Further information

Students have given some very positive feedback about their experiences to date and they have been involved in some of the following projects:

  • Refurbishment of the veranda at Tewkesbury Abbey
  • Researched and planned accessible allotments for adults with disabilities through Gloucester County Council
  • Worked at the GL3 Hub at Churchdown to complete maintenance tasks
  • Worked at the Cheltenham Animal Centre to collect and deliver bedding for animals
  • Worked with the Redwell Centre in Matson distributing leaflets to advertise the community centre.

Based on the success of this course, we are pleased to continue to offer such opportunities for students.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gloucestershire College directly.

Last updated date: 01 April 2016
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