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Volunteering Evening

Volunteering Evening on Thursday 20 September 2018 at Cirencester Deer Park School.

On Thursday 20 September, from 6pm, Cirencester Deer Park School will be holding a Volunteering Evening in the Main Hall, hosting a number of organisations that provide young people with the opportunity to get involved in volunteering and active citizenship. All our pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 are invited to attend, and this event is also open to other young people from the local community.

Citizenship is all about you and the role you play in the world. It is about your rights and responsibilities, your actions and decisions and the impact you can have on the right here and right now. In Global Citizenship lessons at Deer Park, pupils are asked their point of view on a variety of issues, questioned on their opinion on various issues and encouraged to use their voice! Read more...

A wide range of benefits can be gained through volunteering and active citizenship, including:

  • Building an awareness of your world and what is going on in it;
  • Making connections by meeting new people and making new friends;
  • Developing a range of new skills by being active and involved in voluntary projects;
  • Creating futures by gaining valuable and real experiences for your future career choice.

At our Volunteering Evening on Thursday 20 September we will be hosting a range of organisations that provide volunteering and active citizenship opportunities for local young people. Talking with these organisations will give you the chance to discuss the range of skills and qualities which you can gain from volunteering placements, in addition to links to future careers.

Which external organisations will be   present? (click here)


Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is the world’s leading independent international organisation that offers volunteers the opportunity to work abroad to fight poverty. VSO offers 10-12 week placements for 18-35 year olds through the International Citizenship Service. Find out more...

#CreatingFutures with placements linked to careers in health care, journalism, law, IT, education and environmental conservation.


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is the world's leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14 to 24-year-olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be. Deer Park pupils have the opportunity to do their Bronze Award in Year 9.  Find out more...  #Skills

Princes Trust

Prince’s Trust give skills, training and confidence to 11-30 year olds to succeed! They support fundraising, work experience placements and certified courses. #YouthCanDoIt Find out more...#Skills #CreatingFutures and enterprise


National Citizenship Service offers an action packed programme for young people aged 15-17 years old to gain new skills, try new things and challenge themselves. The programme includes a UK based adventure away from home and team building skills. Find out more...


projects abroad

Projects Abroad for over 20 years have been experts in volunteering abroad, work experience and gap year placements offering volunteering experiences for individuals from 16 years old to school groups.  Find out more...

#CreatingFutures with links to careers in health care, journalism, law, education and environmental conservation.


Model United Nations Alfrink
Every year Deer Park works with Alfrink College in the Netherlands to allow young people the chance to work in an international context to solve problems. By replicating the UN structure, the delegates build an awareness of a range of geopolitical issues and public speaking skills. Find out more... #CreatingFutures with links to careers in politics, journalism, law and diplomacy.

harbour project

The Harbour Project is based in Swindon with the aim of aiding refugees and asylum seekers across. The project gives friendship, advice and hope. Find out more...

#Skills #CreatingFutures with links to care, law and education


In addition to external organisations, there will be pupil, former pupil and teacher representatives from two Deer Park projects:

Students and teachers from CDPS South America 2012 group will provide a long term perspective on volunteering and what it has enabled over the last 6 years following their four weeks of volunteering in Brazil and Argentina with Outlook Expeditions.

brazil favella

Pupils and teachers from CDPS Ghana 2018 group will provide a recent perspective on volunteering abroad. Following an inaugural trip in March 2017, Year 10 pupils from Cirencester Deer Park School took part in volunteering projects in Woe, Ghana with African Adventures in July 2018. Read more...

Ghana 2018


What do staff at Deer Park say about voluntary work?

"I did a lot of charity work at university and ran the university's RAG (Raise and Give) Society. As part of this I did a sponsored hitchhike to Amsterdam from Cardiff, I raised money at Bridgewater Carnival, street collections all over the south of the country and in Cardiff and was invited for afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace! Since university I have run several 5Ks and I'm about to run a 10K for Cancer Research. I've done street collections for Winston’s Wish and fundraised for Cirencester's inaugural Relay for Life where we did numerous events to raise money. I also volunteered for the GBSN as a Peer Supporter and occasionally help with the NCT. I also, obviously did the Ghana 2018 trip which was amazing!!" Mrs MacKew, Year Leader (Year 11)

"I volunteered for many years as a leader with a local Brownie Guide pack. I planned and led activities, games and residential trips for the children. It really helped me to develop my confidence in talking to other people and it made me far more organised. Most importantly, we had a lot of fun!" Mrs Polgrean, Science Teacher

"Last year I spent 4 weeks in southern Italy working on a project with refugees. From a personal perspective I gained a huge amount from the voluntary work. I was challenged – I never thought I would be teaching Italian to classes of 15 pupils but I did it. I was faced with situations I hadn't experienced before, I had to become more patient with how systems work in different countries but this was an important skill to develop. I had experiences which I would never have had as a tourist. I met people and listened to their stories and built a greater awareness of what migration means to the individuals and families. But most importantly I met so many wonderful people and made friends with people of all nationalities and backgrounds. So, what is volunteering like? In one word: amazing. In two words: life changing." Miss Lillington

"For 2 years I volunteered as a Youth Leader in a church whilst living on the Isle of Man. The group consisted of 14-17 year olds and we mostly hung out, chatted through their worries and did fun activities together which often involved sweets and getting wet!!" Mrs Pennington

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We look forward to seeing you from 6pm at our Volunteering Evening on Thursday 20 September 2018 in the Main Hall and helping you find an interesting volunteering or active citizenship path.

You don’t have to go far to make a difference to others, but any action you take to make the world a better place is worthwhile.

In school our pupils take an active and ambitious approach to charity work and quickly build an understanding that some people need more help than others across the world. Whether buying a Non Uniform Day ticket, making and selling cakes to support a charity, donating to bucket collections, taking on a sponsorship challenge, or getting involved in the local community, helping a neighbour, volunteering time to clean up your street, you can help others, develop new skills and feel good.