Our first installment of Stories from the Reading Corner

Hello/shwmae to all of you members!

My name is Dai Joppa and I have been a school volunteer since the year 2000.  The opportunity to join the RSVP programme at CSV (now called Volunteers Matters of course) came at a vital time in my life, and I am delighted to say that it has been a most enjoyable experience. During my 17 years I regularly visited 5 schools in the Swansea area and had the pleasure of helping primary school children to learn to read in English and Welsh…

Unfortunately my role as a reading volunteer at school has had to be put on hold for now. But in the meantime, I am pleased to have been invited to write a “blog” for the Learn Together Cymru project on their online portal www.learntogethercyrmu.org.uk – and hope that you’ll be pleased too!  The portal is aimed at keeping all schools volunteers in touch with one another and providing information and resources. My “brief” is to share my stories in an attempt at keeping you feeling connected, involved, interested – and, hopefully, amused….

School volunteering does bring with it a great deal of fun: yes you read correctly; “fun”!  And I know I’m not alone in having a few funny stories to tell.  We would love to hear about the amusing incidents that occur during your “second attempt” at education, too (anonymised of course).

One of my experiences with regard to classroom humour occurred in the first week of January this year: “Mr Joppa, do you know about Father Christmas?” Big problem: I am not certain, what the parents have told the children at home. “Yes,” I reply.  “Do you know he’s not going to use reindeers anymore?” “Oh how very interesting,” I reply, greatly relieved! “Yes, he’s going to use drones next Christmas….”

It would be good to know what tangles (if any) you have encountered, and to share them for the good of your fellow members!

If you have read this far perhaps you would care to look out for this “blog” in future weeks.

All the best, from Dai Joppa.

LTC response:  Thanks Dai!  We’re looking forward to hearing more from you over the coming months!   As Dai says, please keep everything anonymous if you’re responding to a blog post.  And of course, if your experiences touch on difficult subjects e.g. relating to religion, procreation or death, or are of a confidential nature, please contact your local Co-ordinator for advice:  MairOwen.Watts@volunteeringmatters.org.uk (North Wales), Rebekah.Sharpe@volunteeringmatters.org.uk (West Wales), Maureen.Winter@volunteeringmatters.org.uk (Swansea/NPT/family group volunteers), or Jane.Davies@volunteeringmatters.org.uk / or from November onwards Adriana.Rackley@volunteeringmatters.org.uk (South East Wales)

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