Year 12 students at JFS spent the afternoon giving out GIFT bags containing sandwiches and toiletries to homeless people in Central London, as part of GIFT Volunteering Rec Programme.
They spread their smiles and kindness to all the people they met and heard inspiring stories from those living on the streets. The students reported back that this activity really inspired them to want do more to help others. The programme is run by GIFT educator Shira Joseph, and is designed to inspire the sixth form students to become more giving individuals. They receive training in the first term on a number of skills needed in order to help make a difference such as counselling, networking and mental health awareness. They then have volunteering placements with different charities in order to apply their acquired skills. Feedback from the programme has been excellent.