Friendship project volunteers help with home schooling - The Leamington Observer

Friendship project volunteers help with home schooling

Laura Kearns 20th Jun, 2020   0

FRIENDSHIP Project volunteers are helping youngsters with home schooling during lockdown.

Usually older volunteers take out their ‘younger friends’ – children age six to 16 after being matched by social services.

But due to lockdown they have swapped usual outings for video meetings or calls.

Many are helping with home schooling by going on guided museum tours, practicing learning the capitals of the world or even reading books to each other.

And some have even taken up the art of letter writing by becoming pen pals or using video calls to teach younger people how to garden or bake.

A charity spokeswoman said: “The Friendship Project for Children operates throughout Warwickshire with the primary aim of helping children in need of some extra support. All children are referred to the charity through children’s social services and are then matched with an older friend who spends time with them for a few hours each week. In the current situation when so many people are in need of social contact and continuity, it is especially important that these friendships continue.

“At a time when many parents are struggling to maintain the engagement with home schooling lessons, the older friends have added a new dimension being a different person to communicate with and providing many varied and fun types of learning.”

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