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Information for 
Volunteers

Thank you for volunteering with Just Grace, welcome to the team!

Here are the steps you should take to become a volunteer at Just Grace. Click on any of the boxes with   sign throughout the flowchart to be directed to where you need to go to complete that step. 

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“The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” 

–Nelson Henderson

Benefits of volunteering:
How volunteering improves your well-being


Giving time to support others surely makes an immeasurable difference in the lives of those in need, yet what many may not realise is that volunteering also has a positive impact to the volunteers themselves. Here are some ways that volunteering may improve your well-being: 

Volunteering connects you to others

Volunteering stops you from feeling isolated by allowing you to connect to your community and make it a better place. It is also a good way to make new friends who share your passion and enthusiasm for a cause, and strengthen existing relationships by committing to a shared activity together. 

Volunteering brings you a sense of fulfilment

A sense of fulfilment comes from your contribution to a good cause through volunteering. Volunteering offers you a great chance to gain new experience, explore your interests and develop new skills, helping your individual growth. Giving to others can also bring fulfilment to your life.

 

Volunteering cultivates your happiness

The more we give, the happier we feel. You can see how you are needed and valued by others when you volunteer. Doing volunteer work that you find meaningful and interesting can be an energising escape from your daily routine. It can help you relieve stress, fight depression, keep you motivated, and provide you with a sense of purpose. 

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Mahatma Gandhi

What makes a great volunteer?


Selflessness

Selflessness is one of the greatest traits of volunteers who sacrifice their time and energy without expecting anything in return. Great volunteers who are eager to do everything possible to bring about a positive change, stay humble and focus only on how they can create a meaningful impact. 

Integrity

Integrity is the foundation upon which the volunteer team can build trust among members and with recipients. As part of the team, you will be depended upon by many people. Being sincere, responsible and respectful along with hard work makes you a great volunteer who is trustworthy and dependable. 

Passion

Passion fuels your motivation for what you do, which is foundational to a successful volunteer experience that creates an impact. It helps keep a great volunteer going even when nothing seems to be going well. It can also be infectious and inspiring to others that may help keep the team motivated. 

Energy

Volunteering requires not only time but also positive energy. Great volunteers are able to maintain full concentration on their work while staying passionate and being excited about what they are doing. Your positive energy can also impact everyone around you.

Flexibility

Flexibility is essential for a great team player, because as a volunteer you will work with all sorts of different people. Great volunteers have the ability to be flexible no matter what comes their way. It is also important to know when to speak up and contribute or when to sit back and be a good listener. 

Patience

A bottomless reservoir of patience is crucial for any volunteer who aim to make a difference. A volunteer who demonstrates patience by maintaining a positive demeanor and persistently serving as a role model can better facilitate personal relationships, and ultimately impact positively how learners receive their lessons. 

We believe that everyone has the potential to be a great volunteer who makes a difference in our community!

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” 

— William Shakespeare

Resources for volunteers


Please access the resources below to prepare yourself for the respective sessions.


Academic sessions



Computer Training

These are the topics that will be covered in the Computer Training sessions – please familiarise yourselves with the following MS Word and Excel content:

  1. Work with multiple documents within a word process application
  2. Format text using a word processing application
  3. Format paragraphs

    Grade 10s

    1. Prepare and produce a presentation according to a given brief
    2. Design, creating and switching between presentations
    3. Using special effects in presentations

    Grade 11s

    1. Application to create and edit spreadsheets
    2. Spreadsheet application, enhance the functionality and apply graph/charts to a spreadsheet
    The following YouTube videos can help prepare you for the training:

    Three Ways to Indent Paragraphs in Microsoft Word

    How to Text formatting | Paragraph Formatting | Microsoft Word – 2013

    Introduction to Excel Tables



    Coding

    Please watch the following YouTube videos to prepare yourself to help with coding.

    Code4Kids – My First Website – Lesson 1 – My Country

    Code4Kids – My First Website – Lesson 2 – The Earth and Beyond

    Code4Kids – My First Website – Lesson 3 – Protect our Planet

    Code4Kids – My First Website – Lesson 4 – Let’s go Shopping



    Book club:
    TIPS FOR FACILITATING A BOOK CLUB SESSION

    “A book is a gift you can open again and again.”  Reading not only has tremendous power when it comes to fuelling the development of all aspects of language ability, its lifelong benefits to one’s skill and mental development really cannot be overstated. Here are some tips on how to facilitate a successful and meaningful book club session that helps learners develop interest in reading:

    BE PREPARED

    Be absolutely clear about what you are doing, what resources you are using, how the session will run and how you will get discussion going with the group. Make sure the books are sorted and organised for your group before the session. Preparation before the session can ensure the smooth running of the session and allow the participants to make the most of your time together. 

    START WITH A WARM-UP

    Starting the session with a short warm-up activity can help break the ice and get everyone to know each other better. It also creates a fun atmosphere that encourages everyone to participate more actively in the proceedings.

    Encourage learner discussion and reflection

    Having discussions and reflections in the reading group is a vital part of helping learners to read more effectively. Open-ended questions like – “What do you think is going to happen next? Do you think this is believable?” – can help learners develop critical thinking skills and become engaged readers. 

    Create a comfortable and supportive atmosphere

    Learners are often worried about being wrong and mocked by their peers. Therefore, creating a comfortable and supportive atmosphere without stress is essential for helping learners develop a positive learning attitude. It might be useful to work out some ground rules for the group to ensure the atmosphere is respectful and supportive.

    KEEP LEARNING

    Don’t feel like you have to know everything. If you don’t know a word, look up the word on your phone to find the definition and learn a new word. The best things to model to learners are curiosity and interest. These can inspire participants to become active learners. 

    ENCOURAGE HOME READING

    Limited reading sessions will not have enough impact to really improve learners’ reading skills. They need to be reading regularly on their own. It is important to remind and encourage learners to read on their own outside the book club. 

    For more information and stories about book club, please visit FunDza.

    As a volunteer, we’d love for you to learn more about Just Grace!

    Feel free to look through our website and our 2020 annual report

    Code of Conduct Reminders


    At Just Grace, we are committed to conduct ourselves in a way that demonstrates our values of honesty, justice and excellence, and to maintain a respectful, professional and caring approach to those we come into contact with. 

    We expect our volunteers to:
      • arrive 15 minutes prior to the commencement of a session.
      • excuse themselves 48 hours in advance if they cannot make a session. Where this is the case, the volunteer undertakes to find a suitable substitute for the session.
      • RSVP each week for their session.
      • be wholeheartedly engaged in their volunteering activity during the session by interacting, assisting and engaging with learners actively. 
      • sign the register for each session that they attend.
      • attend the volunteers meeting and complete the volunteer feedback survey each term.
      • be a good role model for learners by modelling a healthy lifestyle for the body and mind in front of learners.
      • be respectful and professional with everyone including learners, staff, and parents. 
      • be clear about the things they can do for learners and the things they cannot do.

    For more information, please get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator, Alma Kitshoff.

    Email: alma@justgrace.co.za

    FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE REGARDING COVID-19:

    VISIT: https://sacoronavirus.co.za/

    CALL: 0800 029 999

     

    Just Grace is a non-profit company with the overarching objective of poverty alleviation in Langa, Cape Town.

    Please Note: Just Grace Education
    only operates in Langa, Cape Town.


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