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Vintage Volunteers is an exciting new volunteering project dedicated to people aged 60+ in Stoke on Trent and Newcastle under Lyme.
The Vintage Volunteers team are seeking to employ and looking for individuals aged 60 and above with a background in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals. By sharing their skills, real life experience and knowledge, STEM Volunteers can enhance young people's understanding of the subject matter and encourage further study and careers in STEM.
The transition from working to retirement can be hard for some people, as many of their social connections and sense of purpose can disappear virtually overnight, resulting in feelings of loneliness and isolation. Our aim is to enrich the confidence and knowledge of learners, give a platform for volunteers to make an application their skills and expertise and combat the negative perception of ageing and the elderly.
An initial 3-month pilot, launching in September will focus on 2 cohorts of school learners (11-16 GCSE and 16-18 BTEC/A level) and see volunteers working collaboratively with teaching staff to enhance the existing curriculum. We will use the pilot to highlight the most successful way to incorporate qualified volunteers in an educational setting.
Whether retired or still in employment, STEM Volunteers will casually assist teaching staff by utilising their skills and real-life experience to engage with and inspire young people in STEM. Volunteers can participate in activities such as:
- 1-2-1 classroom support for learners or small groups of learners - Delivery of classroom tutorials/presentations on expert areas of STEM using real-life experience - Show-and-Tell style demonstrations - Off site visits to STEM locations and places of interest - Support and/or design of projects to enhance curriculum requirements - 3rd party oversight/invigilation of learner portfolios and project work - Providing support at events and forums e.g. open evenings and university visits
To become a STEM volunteer we would ask that you have experience in one of the following fields - science, technology, engineering or maths. Other desirable skills include:
- skillto make an application skills and real-life experience to engage with young people - Good listening and conversation discuss issues and skillto positively interact - Reliability and flexibility - A non-judgemental and empathetic attitude
Any expenses incurred by a volunteer because of their volunteering will be reimbursed in accordance with our expenses policy.
Given our commitment to diversity, we actively promote volunteering and recruit potential volunteers using a variety of media and means. We will interview all prospective volunteers and ..........