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English Teachers - the Destitution Project is looking for experienced English teachers who would like to volunteer to teach beginner or intermediate/advanced classes for our service users. Classes are up to 2 hours long and take place on Wednesdays at various times and we currently have 2 levels for women and 2 levels for men. Each volunteer teacher would work with one class, and likely be part of a small team of teachers (some of whom are not trained in teaching English). We also try to provide one-to-one instruction throughout the day for those service users with very little English knowledge.

Reception Volunteers - the Destitution Project is in need of volunteers to man our reception desks each Wednesday. This would require you to be present between 9.45am and 3.00pm. You will need to have good interpersonal and organisational skills, and like to meet and greet people but also comfortable ensuring that access to the Drop-In Centre and its services are well managed. You will likely work as part of a two-person team. Previous experience in this sort of task would be ideal, but not essential.
You must be 18 and over to apply.

On Songbird's Wings With Octagon Academy


The Destitution Project were proud to host a production of "On Songbird's Wings."The play was performed by the Octagon Academy, who also wrote the script.

It was presented at our Drop-In. This entailed much preparation by D.P. and especially the Octagon. On the day of the performance we were in at 8.00 am helping to unload and place the set.

At 11.30am the cast arrived and prepared in the dressing rooms we'd made available.

In the meantime during the morning D.P. life continued as normal as Triage, Caseworker, Clothes Room, Reception, Food Room went about their business, and of course, Table Tennis, Football and Pool Tables and tea and coffee machines continued in use. At 12.15 our volunteers cleared the hall area and made everything ready for the performance to commence at 12.30 am.

It was a wonderful performance, with great credit due to the actors and all at the Octagon Academy. We had an audience of over 90 and after helping clear the set we all sat down to a marvellous hot cooked meal prepared by Alan and his team.

Photos :: On Songbird's Wings

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