Nicole Lee, BSc Health & Social Care student at the College of Human and Health Sciences has been spending her spare time helping school children, working across schools in the area as part of the ‘Reaching Wider’ partnership.
The South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership aims to increase participation in higher education by people from underrepresented groups and communities in South West Wales with a specific focus on Communities First areas, looked after children and care leavers.
The programme enables a range of learning and aspiration-raising activities for targeted children, young people and adults across South West Wales which create pathways to higher education. The programme is delivered mainly within schools, and offers activities ranging from short study skills sessions to a three-week residential Summer School.
As a Student Leader for ‘Reaching Wider’, Health & Social Care student, Nicole Lee has been responsible for a group of school/college students, delivering activities, supporting and providing advice to children and young people across a variety of events. Nicole has worked on Primary events (creative writing day, science day), Secondary events (ACE days, STAR days, subject days e.g. science dissection day, medical physics day, maths quiz), Mentoring and Looked After Children events.
We caught up with Nicole to talk about her experience with ‘Reaching Wider’….
How did you fit your work placement around your studies?
“Being a Student Leader is very flexible, I work on events when I am free, fitting in work around my lecture timetable.”
What have you gained from this experience?
“I have gained so much from Reaching Wider, experience, skills, confidence. I am able to listen and communicate effectively with children and young people from a variety of backgrounds and ages. Problem solving, showing enthusiasm and intuitive, being responsible, reliable and trustworthy, self-management, cultural awareness and diversity, decision making and behaviour management are all the skills I have achieved and developed.”
Helen Davies (Events and Vulnerable Groups Officer) comments,
“Nicole has worked on many occasions as a student ambassador on Reaching Wider events such as ACE (Aiming for a College Education) days working closely with small groups of Year 9 pupils, various subject specific days for Year 10 pupils and STAR (Study Tips And Revision) days with Year 11 pupils. Nicolehas proven herself to be a good role model and successful at encouraging and motivating the pupils in her groups. The programmes aim to work with pupils from disadvantaged communities and as such there have been occasions when groups have presented challenging behaviour. On these occasions she has risen to the challenge of dealing with these pupils and maintained discipline.
Nicole is a highly valued member of the Reaching Wider Student Leader Team whom we will miss greatly when she graduates in July 2017. Nicole has worked in various roles since September 2015 for the Reaching Wider programme whilst she has been a student at Swansea University.”
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