How Leicester DMU students became volunteer tutors for After18’s supplementary school

Refugee Support ProgrammeStudents from Leicester’s DeMontfort University recently joined After18’s existing team of volunteers to help at our supplementary school.

After18 runs a weekly supplementary school in Leicester city centre to provide English language support and homework assistance for unaccompanied young people. Volunteers include lecturers, PhD students and undergraduates from DMU and Leicester University, and school staff from the city and county.

Some of our volunteer tutors came through DMU’s Square Mile Project, which connects DMU with community groups in the area.

You can read more about the Square Mile Project’s work with After18 by following this link to the DMU website.

Students and members of the Square Mile Project talked about their experiences after the Refugee Support Programme had been running for a few weeks. You can find out what they thought in this report on the DMU Square Mile Project website.

The refugees whom we help in Leicester have really benefitted from the programme. One of the young people at our supplementary school told us, “It’s important for me to come every week because it really helps me. I have gone up two levels in Maths this year because of the help I have been getting.”

Update (23 April 2016): Congratulations to DMU student Amy Katiti for winning an Outstanding Engagement award for her work with After18.

Update (27 April 2016): We are also delighted that Alice Rose Davis received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award, which goes to the student whose work made the single largest contribution to the communities they support. Alice worked with After18 as well as the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and on a project to build washrooms in schools in India.