Maggie was introduced to IntoUniversity by a friend and they started volunteering together in Primary Academic Support over 10 years ago.
Maggie has developed wonderful relationships with young people at IntoUniversity North Kensington. Students look forward to seeing her each week and always ask her to support them with their homework. She offers fantastic pastoral and academic support to students at the centre.
Maggie describes one of the best things for her about volunteering with IntoUniversity:
After volunteering over a long period of time, it is satisfying seeing the children grow up into remarkable young adults and then to follow their progress in secondary school and university/their chosen vocation. The current cohort of students I work with are very special but I also enjoy keeping in touch with former IntoUniversity students [who are now] role models to children and young people at the centre.
When asked what skills she had developed since volunteering at IntoUniversity, Maggie commented:
You learn a lot from volunteering at IntoUniversity. The young people come from different backgrounds. It’s eye opening hearing about whatever they want to share. You develop patience and to take cues from the young person. Our main role is to support them with their work but there can be days when a student is having a tough time, and then one must intuit what pace he or she is willing to work at that day. IntoUniversity has prepared me for being aware of important cues for how best to work with these young people.