Pupils volunteer as classroom assistants at Braidburn School - a school for children with additional needs

Partner: Braidburn School
Partner type: Community Group
Project category: Volunteering

As part of our Koinonia (Teamwork with the Community) programme, Lower Sixth Form pupils attend Braidburn School on a weekly basis to volunteer as classroom assistants - helping the children with additional support needs and acting as positive mentors.

Aims of the project

To promote positive mental health in schools; to develop social skills.

Background and goals

Merchiston Castle School has had a relationship with Braidburn School for over 15 years; this has mostly involved inviting pupils to various events at Merchiston Castle School.

Resources

1 member of staff, 1.25 hours per week.

We spend money on games, toys, transport (taxis), and we also pay for two parties at Christmas and Easter.

Impact

The Acting Deputy Headteacher gave this feedback on the volunteers:

"We will thoroughly miss the boys and all the help they have given.  They are a complete asset to your school and have shown such amazing skills in communication.  I honestly can't speak highly enough of each of them."

Pupil involvement

In 2016/17, a group of 4 pupils aged 16-17 took part from Merchiston.

20 children from Braidburn School took part.

Frequency and duration

Once a week from early October to late March (20 weeks).