West Yorkshire-based housing group, Incommunities, has linked up with a Bradford school to deliver a National Number Partners scheme through Business in the Community. Seven volunteers, including operatives and managers from the Building Services team, swap site work for class work once a week St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School.
Working alongside teaching staff, they help children who might be struggling with maths by using activities and games provided by Number Partners. One of the volunteers is plumber Nick Dine, who said:
“It’s great to spend time with the pupils and help show them that maths can be fun. We use the resources provided by Number Partners as well as examples from our work to engage with them. We want to be positive role models in their learning.”
Incommunities have a proud track record of staff volunteering and building learning partnerships with schools through a number of BITC projects, with over 20 employees volunteering in the past two years.
Sarah Clementis, Assistant Headteacher, said:
“The pupils have really enjoyed the Number Partners work and it has really built up their confidence in maths. This confidence has been transferred into their daily maths lessons in class. As a school we are extremely grateful for the Incommunities volunteers who come in and work with our pupils.”
Geraldine Howley, Incommunities Group Chief Executive, said:
“We are committed to encouraging staff to use their skills and time through local volunteering programmes. As a socially conscious housing landlord we are keen to build links with schools in the communities we serve. Taking part in Number Partners with St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School is a rewarding experience for those staff involved and demonstrates our vision of ‘Improving lives Incommunties’.”
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