Reading Ladies Gurkha Teaching Project
Volunteers making a difference
Mrs Pam Reynolds was responsible for starting and running the Gurkha Ladies Project, which continues to thrive. It was supported by the personal generosity of Joanna Lumley. There was little other funding and Joanna’s donation was vital to equip and run the project for nearly five years. Pam’s vote was for Joanna as a National Treasure.
The project teaches about 100 women each week. There are 25 volunteers who are completely dedicated to the project. Most are responsible for their own group of ladies apart from a few who run the reading scheme which allows each lady to be heard reading for a few minutes every week.
It has proved difficult to find suitable reading books for their reading level which are appropriate to their maturity and cultural background, so our task this year, in cooperation with the Gurkha Welfare Trust is to acquire books of Nepali folk tales familiar through the oral tradition of storytelling and first translating them into English then adapting them to the vocabulary level of our ladies. We have an artist among the volunteers and hope to be producing our first tales by the Autumn term.
Most of the ladies are now able to read a little, write a lot, build simple words and understand a good deal of English – although the big step to speaking is still quite a halting one. They are highly motivated and of course being Gurkhas are absolutely determined. We love teaching them and consider it a privilege that they have allowed us to become their friends and mentors.
Not content with Reading, Pam has helped to set up and advise new Gurkha teaching projects in Oxford and Sandhurst.
Joanna Lumley presents English Certificates to the Gurkha Ladies Project
Joanna Lumley Visit
We were very proud when Joanna Lumley, a keen supporter of ours, visited us to present certificates to the ladies who had reached a certain standard of English in the Gurkha Ladies Project. She was lovely and spent time with our members chatting and having photos taken. The project's creator, Pam, continues to work hard helping her clients.
SSAFA Berkshire at the Knowledge Event - 29th March
The Knowledge Event for the Voluntary & Community Sector
SSAFA will be attending the West Berkshire Knowledge Event for the voluntary & community sector at Newbury Racecourse on 29th March 2018. The event is from 9.30am to 4.30pm. If you'd like to know more about us or are thinking of volunteering for us, further details can be found here: http://www.healthwatchwestberks.org.uk/event/west-berkshire-voluntary-an...
Do come along and say hello!
SSAFA Berkshire Volunteer Opportunities
Would you like to help?
SSAFA in Berkshire is looking for volunteers to help with a number of roles:
DIVISION SECRETARY x 2
Would you be interested in co-ordinating our Caseworkers and matching them to cases?
We have Division Secretary roles covering:
Bracknell & Wokingham Division
We are looking for people to volunteer on our front line; visiting clients to assess their needs and, if necessary, apply for funds from the appropriate partner charity such as the Royal British Legion.
For more details of the roles, please click here: https://www.ssafa.org.uk/volunteer
If you'd like to discuss volunteering for us further, please use the contact page - we'd love to hear from you!
If you'd like to organise an event to support SSAFA Berkshire, please do get in touch!
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