Volunteering with Peabody to give the people a wonderful experience and benefit my own personal skills.
For me volunteering within Peabody has been a wonderful new experience, as well as giving the chance to share my knowledge to others has really benefited my personal skills. Furthermore, getting to know a variety of new individuals was certainly enjoyable, within tutoring schemes as well as the office environment.
Finishing secondary education, I had previously completed work experience within Peabody Trust, which led me to investigate voluntary placements available within the organisation, after applying, I was placed as Volunteer Assistant, completing a variety of different tasks, such as running I.T tutoring classes within a number of different Peabody centres, teaching a number of different learners at a time with fellow tutors as assistance, this truly improved my teaching skills as well as understanding, due to the fact that many learners were at a different levels of knowledge regarding computers, which meant that it was vital to know what to teach. Other tasks included updating information within the organisation, regarding a selection of different schemes set up to benefit Peabody residents around Central London.
Working within Peabody Trust, over the course of my holidays, has improved a number of my skills needed for future employment, such as bettered phone etiquette, gradually improved over the course of working within the organisation, phoning a number of residents regarding schemes aiding them. Also a knowledgeable understanding within organisational skills and time keeping, of which are essential aspects in all employment.
Working at the organisation has allowed me to understand the growing importance of how business’s today are required to act in an ethical and sustainable manner when operating. This position has greatly developed my communication, time management, administration; prioritization as well as team work skills. I have also developed advanced proficiency in the use of Microsoft Excel.
Eun-Kyoung has been a Net Worx volunteer for Peabody in the Hugh Cubit center, dedicating her Thursday afternoons to sharing her knowledge towards the learners.
Eun-Kyoung came across Peabody’s Net Worx project online, and has been volunteering since mid 2015 towards the start of the voluntary role.
“I hope that I will come back in early next year, but I’m not sure”
She said, “volunteering with Peabody was an interesting and rewarding experience” and thanked the organisation for giving her an opportunity to volunteer and meet so many wonderful people.
Ninety One year old Lydia Dersiley shared her experience of Net Worx towards Peabody. Formerly attending ‘several different venues’ to advance her knowledge with computers, Mrs Dersiley managed to start shopping online, unfortunately she suffered from two major strokes, leaving her memory damaged.
She shared her story to Peabody saying, ‘after a few years’ she decided she wanted to learn computing again, at the age of 91! Although being a ‘difficult’ process for Mrs Dersiley, ‘however, with the help of my patient tutors at Walston & Founders House, I feel more confident’ she said.
“I feel more confident”
Mrs Dersiley shared her views of the Net Worx sessions at Walston & Founders saying:
“With the continuing help of the very good staff and the comfortable venue at Walston & Founders House, I look forward to every Thursday”
Alan, a former novice to computers, first heard of Net Worx IT sessions in Bruce House last year, he set himself the task of learning how to use a computer with the free help offered to get familiar with the particular skills he wanted to know.
Alan was first introduced to a computer two years ago, however he did not know how to use one! “It was a completely new experience, like learning another language” A complete novice when starting, Alan shared his story of learning how to use Windows 7 and had bought a Windows 8 computer, “It was very frustrating for me” he explained but “the Net Worx volunteers really helped me get past this problem”.
Alan explained that he uses his computer for various activities, “I make CD’s so I can listen to them in the car” he also emails and surfs the web, “all thanks to Net Worx volunteers!” he says.
He explained that his next step will be to learn how to use MP3 & MP4 players, which he said “he would really benefit with using”.
As well as going to Net Worx sessions, he was advised to do online courses which he took part in, and said “I managed to learn how to use MS excel” which is a great benefit for his career.
With the help of Net Worx, Alan has become very familiar with computers and takes his computer with him, wherever he goes! He can enjoy the freedom of using a computer whereas he could not before.
Coinciding with her introduction to a desktop computer, Kathleen Lyons a 92-year old religious sister and a retired psychotherapist, first heard of the IT project at Darwin Court in 2003. Kathleen soon availed herself of the free help offered to get familiar with the skills needed to use it. It enabled her and her community to reach out to others as their work required.
Her new found knowledge was to hold her in good stead in her future endeavours. In 2005 the community moved from Walworth and Kathleen embarked on a Ph.D. thesis on Feminist Theology. This meant communicating with her director of studies online because the university was in Winchester. She was able to access her work and use her favourite websites, the British Library and Amazon. Kathleen gave presentations using PowerPoint and received feed-back from supervisors using tracked changes in her documents.
Towards the end of this study Kathleen moved back to Walworth and returned to the Net Worx Project for assistance with Windows 8 and an iPad she had been given.
“It was handy for me to go over to Darwin Court to ask a question or to shed light on some minor problem. The volunteers were so good, very skilled and willing to sit with you until you had ‘cracked it’. They were generous, glad to share their knowledge of the software.”
Having successfully completed her studies Kathleen is moving on to publishing and still has an occasional crisis, but is relieved to know that help is at hand. She encourages and reminds elderly companions in sheltered accommodation that one is never too old to learn and that computer skills are essential.
Not knowing how to start and with a disability that meant he was unable to leave his flat, Kathleen took his computer to Darwin Court for assistance in installing the necessary applications to enable him to watch free movies. They make a big difference to his day.
It’s not an option you need them, it’s part of life. Those of us who live alone are never isolated with a computer we have a window on the world.”