Volunteers needed for Stevenson College Edinburgh

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VOLUNTEERS are needed to help teach English as a second language at an Edinburgh college.

Stevenson College is on the hunt for people to assist with a programme that will help city residents get to grips with English as a second language, holding open days at their Leith campus on Friday, January 20 and 27.

The CBESOL (Community Based English for Speakers of Other Languages) department at the college has worked with almost 1000 students over the last decade through their volunteer tutoring scheme, and this year it aims to even more Edinburgh residents embark on a new start in 2012.

Volunteer tutors are given full training and support by Stevenson College Edinburgh throughout the programme. Participants give weekly lessons over a period of nine months to students who cannot attend community-based classes for reason such as health or childcare.

Committed Judith Dean has been working with the programme for ten years and would recommend it to anyone looking to make a difference. After retiring from her job as a teacher for blind and physically handicapped children, Judith (72) was keen to find a new way to help the community she loved.

She said: “I had always been interested in helping adults with literacy problems and when I saw an advertisement by Stevenson for home tutors to teach English, I just knew it was something that I definitely wanted to be involved in.

“It’s a fantastic programme and I have seen first-hand the difference it can make to some people’s lives.”

If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer tutor, you can book a place on one of the information sessions to be held on January 20 and 27 at Stevenson’s Leith campus. For more information email Caroline Battes at cbattes@stevenson.ac.uk, phone 0131 535 4630, or go to Stevenson