Banff Academy works closely with a range of volunteers who add value to the life of the school community.
Aberdeenshire Council’s policy on volunteering states:-
“Volunteering is any unpaid activity which involves spending time doing something which aims to help people, promote good causes or to improve the environment. People choose to do voluntary work for a variety of reasons including a sense of public duty, a desire to improve a situation and to gain greater experience in order to enhance their career prospects. A volunteer undertakes voluntary work through choice, with no contract of employment and without expectation of financial remuneration.”
Volunteers have all received the appropriate PVG Disclosure.
Our Volunteers have added significantly to the experiences of our pupils. We recently evaluated the input of our volunteers and it was evident that pupils enjoyed the relationships that were formed and also that they appreciated the interest and support that was provided by adults in our community.
Examples of how volunteers have added to the pupil experience are as follows:
- Volunteers have worked with S1/S2 classes in Lifestyle. They provide advice to pupils as how best to maintain timekeeping with practical activities. They offer encouragement and advice as to how to best apply techniques and skills within the subject.
- Volunteers are supporting a garden project.
Pupils working with the Portsoy Boats Building project through our Employability Programme.
The experience of working with adults in our community has broadened the experience of our pupils and in so doing increased their confidence and abilities to engage in positive and effective interpersonal skills development and is an area the schools is keen to develop.
The time that our volunteers give up to come and assist our pupils is very much appreciated by all at Banff Academy.