Sessions run on Wednesday 4-5.30pm for primary school pupils, and on Friday 4-5.30pm for secondary school pupils. Children and teens can bring their homework to the flat and get support from the volunteers and staff. It’s a relaxed setting, with tea and snacks to fuel busy brains!
The emphasis is on education although the group also balances out the work with some fun activities in the holidays, from trips to parks, the library or creating art projects at the flat. Computers are available for those who need to use a PC to complete their homework.
Diligently organising the Homework Club is Patricia, who is passionate about ensuring children get a fair education. She described how the club first came about-
‘The idea came from working at GCIN as a placement, when I was making a community map for them. There was no activity for kids, and for some who had come from other countries, they struggled with their education. Some were also from countries that placed less emphasis for women gaining a full education. So it began in the Women’s Group, when we decided to start and see what happened.’
The club has since taken off, and although attendance varies, there can be approximately 10-15 students in attendance in one session. Patricia is also keen to encourage volunteer participation as study mentors, as sometimes the bigger sessions can require extra knowledgable minds to assist.
However, it’s important that children and teens that attend the club learn to work independently, with volunteers and staff supporting them with their work but not doing it for them. This is so that when they go back to school they feel confident in their own abilities.The club has seen some great results too, with Patricia stating that some children have come back very proud of the positive feedback they’ve got from their teachers.
The Homework Club is an great space to get help and support. For the future, Patricia hopes that they forge relationships with neighbouring schools, in order to fully follow-up on positive results from the club. She also emphasised that ‘it’s important for parents to engage, and we’ve been trying to find a way to involve the parents’. Parents are therefore encouraged to attend alongside their children.
The club is very keen for more volunteers in the future, and to secure more funding to allow it to continue with crucial staff and support. If you think that the Homework Club would benefit a student you know, please don’t hesitate to get in touch through the GCIN website, or drop in at the flat on a Wednesday or Friday in the designated time.
The Moss Heights Community Flat is situated at Flat 1, Block 40, Moss Heights Avenue G52 2TX.
Homework club times are-
Wednesday 4-5.30pm (primary school students)
Friday 4-5.30pm (secondary school students)