Reigate Grammar School DofE


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Volunteering: what can I do?

Volunteering Section

The volunteering section can be hard to organise. 
At Bronze almost ANY activity which involves YOU HELPING OTHERS is ideal for voluntary service. Popular examples are: helping at a sports club, helping at church, helping at Rainbows / cubs / beavers, helping at a retirement home, charity shop, teaching youngsters trampolining, teaching chess to new players at a club …  etc.

You can also “look after” animals, but this should more involved than just taking care of your own pet!  Caring for horses at a stables would be ideal.  You are not encouraged to work at a Vets (it’s a business).  Remember that relatives are never allowed to be your assessor.

We run a Conservation Scheme at school which counts for Bronze volunteering.

At Silver and Gold you are expected to make more contribution to ORGANISE activities and run significant events, in addition to just helping out or turning up.
Opportunities at school include:
  • helping with Reigate St Mary’s pupils with DT: see Mr Edwards 
  • helping in the library: see Mrs Robert / Mrs Light
  • helping with the Pilgrim: see Mr Jones
  • helping teach Maths at RSM: see Mr Bader

At RGS we run an Award Leaders programme for Gold participants: this is an ideal voluntary service activity and helps us run the scheme too.

Check with me first if you are unsure whether an activity counts as a voluntary service.