Kay at the Limehouse Project got in touch with Placer to help find student volunteers.
The Limehouse Project (LHP) is a registered charity that has worked to respond to the needs of minority communities throughout the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for over 30 years. The charity seeks to empower marginalised individuals by researching, identifying, and establishing new pathways to help them overcome the personal and socio-economic barriers to self-empowerment, physical and mental well-being and the establishment of stable, fulfilled lives.
The Limehouse Project was looking for a volunteer tutor to support the charity service users through a structured IT Users course, helping them to gain skills and obtain a qualification.
Fiora, a student at De Montfort University, shares her experience below.
The Placer app
“I heard about Placer through a talk that I attended at DMU regarding placements years, internships, campus jobs, etc. The app was very easy to use, I simply downloaded it, put in basic information about myself, uploaded my CV, filtered the results and then applied to the roles that were suggested for me. The app was well organised, the navigation made it very easy to use and helpful, and the layout was easy to use as well.”
About my work experience
“During the first few weeks, I helped out in an IT workshop, where I was asked to plan and present a lesson each week for women from the borough who had little to no experience using IT. This ranged from helping them to use online banking, email and online shopping but most importantly helping them sign up for ‘MyTHH’, which is their borough’s online portal that helps them keep control of their housing services.
Then I helped another colleague who had started a programme which allows parents of two-year-olds to have up to fifteen hours of free childcare if they were eligible for it. I was asked to accompany her to promote this scheme at local libraries and primary schools, where we spoke to parents and signed them up for the scheme. I also helped with a workshop which was about informing parents about safeguarding children online. I was also trained to use a CRM database, where I called different clients using the information provided in the database and scheduled them for various programmes. I was also asked to update the charity’s social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
I enjoyed getting to know all my colleagues, and working in different sectors, especially the IT workshop as I had never presented to an older age group before and it was interesting to see how they responded to my lesson plans. I also enjoyed travelling to different locations to speak to new people from different backgrounds and promote the childcare scheme.”
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