Interested in volunteering to support adults with their learning? At City Lit we recruit and train volunteers to enable students with English and maths needs or learning difficulties and disabilities to attend and participate as fully as possible in the class.
If you are interested in volunteering at City Lit please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About City Lit and volunteering
City Lit aims to offer an inclusive culture, which increases access to learning and ensures support for all students. Volunteers play a key part in this. They are people who are unpaid and willingly contribute their time, energy and skills to benefit our students. For some, volunteering may be a route into teacher training. For others, it may be an opportunity to learn new skills or develop existing expertise.
John Sole worked with the college as a volunteer for several years and is now employed in the Learning Support team.
“My own education was affected by dyslexia and, despite numerous visits to educational psychologists when I started at secondary school, my problems went without any formal diagnosis for many years. In 2006 I became aware that one of the people I was living with volunteered at City Lit and I thought that this would be an interesting thing to do, so I began to work as a volunteer for the Progress team, supporting individual students and helping them to integrate into mainstream courses. I found the working relationships that I formed with the students to be very satisfying.
I believe that the insight that I have into learning difficulties and disability has given me a commitment to helping people to access education and, I think, this also helped me to avoid patronising the students with whom I work. I found that working in the classroom greatly improved my own literacy skills and that work in the Art team provided a useful means of maintaining and developing my studio skills. City Lit has also helped me directly with my personal development, supporting me to take my PTLLS and Maths GCSE exams and giving me other training opportunities.
Towards the end of 2010 I applied for a learning support assistant position at City Lit. I was successful! I have found that since I have been a paid worker, my position here has become an increasingly important part of my personal identity and I continue to find the personal relationships that this work entails an increasingly important part of my life.”
What our other volunteers say…
‘Volunteering has helped with my continuing education and is a useful addition to my CV.’
‘I find volunteering at the City Lit a rewarding experience. I enjoy helping to facilitate others’ learning’.
‘I was well supported in my volunteer role and it became a valuable learning experience for me.’
‘Volunteering helped me with self-confidence.’