(hear it here)
CLP Angel Georgie gave up one of her free days during the February half-term to take part in a community event in Watford. The family information day was held at the Meriden Community Centre in Watford, and organised by the wonderful team at Berrygrove Children's Centre.
When we asked for a volunteer to help us run a stall promoting CLP's family learning programmes, Georgie was first in the queue, although very nervous as she hadn't done anything like it before. Although she was biting her fingernails as we drove to the venue, she said afterwards that it 'was a really good experience'.
Here's what she told us:
What made you decide to volunteer?
Georgie: I hadn't done anything like that before, and I wanted to try it out because I thought it would be good practice for when we have stands in other schools. I also thought I'd be able to get some good contacts for our next family learning festival.
How did you feel before you got there?
Georgie: I was soooo nervous! I wasn't sure what to expect, and when I get nervous I get tongue-tied and don't pronounce my words properly. I was worried about how I'd come across.
Q: What helped you get over your nerves?
Georgie: Elizabeth and Christine helped me out, and 'winged' me into the flow. They told me to be myself, speak from the heart, and out of my own experiences of doing family learning with my son. I also found that if I spoke to the children first, it was easier to start speaking to their parents after that.
What did you learn?
Georgie: I learned about other charities and providers in our area. It was really good to know what's out there. I didn't know anybody was doing anything about anything, but there's loads of organisations helping us all out. It was also nice to see what Christine and Elizabeth get up to when they're not teaching!
Did you learn any new skills?
Georgie: I learned how to approach people that I didn't know, and it boosted my confidence.
So, how did you feel at the end of the day?
Georgie: I felt really good - much better. I really enjoyed myself in the end.
What tips would you have for anybody else who might like to help out on the CLP stand?
Georgie: Don't worry about anything. Just be yourself, and talk to people in your normal voice about your own experience of family learning.
Thanks, Georgie, for all of your help. You were a real natural, and who better to promote family learning than someone who has actually taken part in it. I'm sure parents would prefer to hear about it from you, rather than us!!