7th October 2019 — On Thursday 3 October, Reigate Grammar School hosted a Volunteering Fair for all members of the Sixth Form. 15 not-for-profit organisations including The Alzheimer’s Society, The Children’s Trust and Reigate and Redhill Live at Home gathered in the school's Harrison Centre to meet students and discuss the volunteering opportunities available to them.
Organised in conjunction with Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead (VARB), the Volunteering Fair was the first of its kind at Reigate Grammar School, but judging by its success, it won't be the last.
Sixth Form students at Reigate Grammar School already give of their time as volunteers through Duke of Edinburgh and other charity/community fundraising commitments. With 5000 volunteer hours already given up last year, it just goes to show how outward looking RGS students are.
Furthermore, whichever career they are interested in, we hope the students may find a volunteering opportunity that develops those soft skills like leadership and teamwork that will stand them in good stead for university and the world of work.
Mr Rhodri James (Head of Sixth Form) commented: “As well as providing the opportunity to give something back to the local community, volunteering can contribute so much to a student’s personal development. From a wellbeing perspective, doing something for somebody else can be so good for a student’s mental health. We hope the volunteering fair was a further chance for students to step back from their everyday lives, and that it gave them ideas about how they could contribute in whatever way they can to those who perhaps aren’t as fortunate as they are.”
Upper Sixth Student Will G added: “I help out at a residential care home once a week, and I love hearing all the residents' stories. I always leave the home with a smile on my face and hope that I’ve had a real positive impact on those I come into contact with”.