Our Homework club for primary school children (aged 6 to 11) happens on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoons in term time, from 3.30pm to 6pm. We meet at the Granville Plus Family Wellbeing Centre in Kilburn (NW6 5RA). The club is a relaxed place for children to work on their homework, English language, reading, Maths and school projects - and a place to have fun and make friends. We divide our time between homework and play and art activities. This project was born out of the understanding that this group of children face significantly more barriers to learning than their peers and that these barriers can limit their ability to achieve. Our volunteers help refugee and migrant children to improve their English and to feel more confident with their homework and in class, and so to overcome these barriers.
We have discussed the shape of the activities we can safely undertake with our staff, volunteers and young people. We have conducted a survey of all the families and young people we support about the services they would enjoy and feel comfortable with. We have also consulted about the technology available – whether young people have internet access, a laptop or phone, privacy for virtual meetings. We have up-to-date information about those who are at increased risk from Covid-19 themselves or live with someone who is (be they clients, staff or volunteers) – so that we can take additional steps to protect them.
We communicate clearly with the young people we support about safety issues - social distancing, cleaning, handwashing, safety in virtual meetings - through conversations, posters and signs. We have updated our training for volunteers to ensure that they keep themselves and our clients safe, whether the volunteering is virtual or face-to-face. We take extra care around communication for the most vulnerable.