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OUR STORIES: A volunteer at Orange Grove Primary School reflects.To be a part of this dynamic group of volunteers please email: info@thelinkliteracyproject.co.za#volunteersmakeadifference #thelinkliteracyproject ... See MoreSee Less
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CONNECTIONSAnother post in our series of connections. The Link "magic" extends to the wonderful connections between the volunteers and the children they teach. #volunteersmakeadifference #literacymattersIf you would like to volunteer at a Link centre near you please email info@thelinkliteracyproject.co.za ... See MoreSee Less
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OUR STORIES: Renée Champion - A volunteer at Risidale PrimaryI retired from 40 years of teaching in 2014 and was at a loss as to what to do with my time. Fortunately, I found an aftercare associated with Trinity Methodist Church and worked there until it closed in March 2020 due to Covid. Again, I was at a loss and missing the interaction with children in a teaching environment terribly. I attend lectures by the University of the Third Age (U3A) and was contacted via them about volunteering at The Link. I found my centre manager via email and was given a course of terrific training which taught me everything about The Link method of teaching. I knew nothing of this previously and it was a stimulating, informative course.I joined The Link at Risidale in 2022 and love working with the children assigned to me. I can use all the materials supplied by The Link and feel I am successful with teaching reading, aided by the cards, games, pictures, books and all the other materials. I also keep the children’s files updated to record what I have done each week to remind me where to start teaching the following week. This is also of valuable use, should I have to miss a session due to an important appointment and another volunteer has to accommodate my usual two children.The “praise note” is wonderful! We give one to each child after the session which is an encouraging note recording how well they have performed. These notes are valued by the children and also by their teachers and families who also read them.I look forward to Wednesdays when Link has filled a large gap in my life and given me much happiness and purpose. I am given guidance by my centre manager and meet lovely other volunteers at the school and interact with them before and after the sessions. I even enjoy setting out and packing away the materials after the sessions. It is wonderful to be in contact with dear children again and during our sessions, we give them more than just teaching. We give them confidence, and love and also share a few jokes and have fun with them. We read them a book at the end of the session which they really enjoy. This is to encourage a great love of reading which is a gift for life.I am so happy to have found The Link and would encourage anyone who has time on their hands (and even those who don’t, but who make time) to volunteer for The Link. ... See MoreSee Less
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Do you live in the Norwood area and have 2 hours free on a Wednesday or Thursday morning to volunteer at The Link Centre at Norwood Primary School. The Link Literacy & Numeracy Project assists young children for whom English is not their home language to learn to read. There is no need to be a teacher as all training is provided. Please look at our website for more information. www.thelinkliteracyproject.co.zaWe look forward to welcoming you to our happy group of volunteers. ... See MoreSee Less
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