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Opportunity knocked with my Roehampton Scholarship

by Kelly Buckle
12 June 2015

Kelly Buckle

Hello! My name is Kelly Buckle and I am one of the lucky students who received the Roehampton Scholarship for 2014/2015. The scholarships were created to encourage people living in Wandsworth borough to study at their local university. I have just finished my first year studying Psychology and Counselling and I have absolutely loved it. My course has taught me so many skills and ways of working with people and I have also learned a lot about myself and how I can better the person that I am – I’m really looking forward to the next two years.

The idea of the Roehampton Scholarship is for me to give back to the community and the borough of Wandsworth. I have chosen to become a volunteer at a charity called Spurgeons’, who support and help children between the ages of 5 and 13 years old – it was the perfect fit for me and what I want to do in my career. As a volunteer I am offered the choice between working as a play worker or becoming a mentor to one individual child. They are slightly different so I am still deciding.

If I choose to be a playworker, I will be placed at different after school play areas where children are dropped off for an afternoon of activities and some general fun having. I would be helping with organising activities and ensuring that all the children are happy and playing nicely.

Being a mentor is slightly different as the role is much more focused and is for a longer period of time, usually about six months. I would work on a one to one basis with a child for an hour a week, helping them and supporting them in whatever way they need. I would be responsible for helping them grow through their difficulties by working with them on different activities. I would also be much involved with their parents or carers.

The reason for me choosing Spurgeons’ is because I am very passionate about children and their growth and development – which is very close to my heart. In the future I definitely want to work with children so this will give me some experience and also I know that it will be extremely rewarding to myself as I will be able to witness a child’s transformation. To me this is something that is priceless and so valuable - I can’t wait to get started.

Getting this scholarship has really opened up some opportunities I may never have had. My advice – check out what scholarships are available and maybe opportunity will knock for you too :-)

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