Here at Notre Dame, we’ve always encouraged our students to volunteer for local good causes, and offer their spare time to help improve the lives of others. So it came as no surprise when, in March 2021, 32 of our upper sixth students volunteered to be part of the team running lateral flow tests for College staff and students.
Ahead of the re-opening of the College site, the government strongly recommended that all students should undertake asymptomatic testing to support their return to education. In response, staff at Notre Dame set up a safe and efficient Lateral Flow testing site in the College Sports Hall. Among the test assistants, whose role is to provide guidance about swabbing and keep the swabbing bays clean, were 32 of our students.
16 are studying health & social care, with the other 16 taking A-level Chemistry. They all decided to become trained volunteers to support the Notre Dame community. Their experience will also allow them to develop transferrable skills highly sought after by universities, apprenticeship providers and employers.
Pictured above are health & social care students Amaris Hargreaves, Jessica Longley, and Olivia Shield. When asked why she had volunteered, Amaris said, “I wanted to be able to help out in the pandemic already so when I was asked to volunteer I thought it was a good idea so said yes. I also thought it would teach me good skills that I could talk about at university interviews.”
The students' Health and Social Care teacher, Amy Harrison, said "We are incredibly proud of our students who volunteered. This was a fantastic opportunity for them to support the college and put the academic knowledge they have learned into practice. This was also a really good experience in preparation for their next steps in the health and social care sector’"
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the students involved.