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I’ve become involved in the Young Enterprise project for primary schools, which is a volunteer programme open to anyone who would like to help inspire young people aged between 4 and 25 to learn and succeed through enterprise.
It’s based on the need to expand children's learning beyond the curriculum. The volunteers are there to help with passing on essential life and work skills through topics and stories covering work, saving, earning, decision-making and teamwork. The older students create and run real companies with help from business mentors.
It’s a great way for businesses or individuals to get involved to fulfil their corporate social responsibility obligations, help create a positive future for national and international business – and have a lot of fun learning alongside young people.
My husband Bill and I will be working with 6 to 8-year-olds on the programme specially designed for them, ‘Our Families’. We’ve been given everything we need – games, stories and talks – to help them learn.
For example, we’ll be learning the difference between ‘want’ and ‘need’ when it comes to items like ice cream and water. Not always a straightforward one for adults, let alone children!
I’m really excited about the chance to work with the children, and to learn from them as well as being able to influence their learning. I’m hoping we’ll be able to go on and do more work through the Young Enterprise Scheme.
I'll report back once we've done our day's volunteering - but I can already recommend getting involved. Visit the Young Enterprise getting involved page here.