Our students’ views on the NHVS
Founded in 1978, the New Hall Voluntary Service (NHVS) has been providing help and support to vulnerable members of the Chelmsford community for over 35 years. The elderly, and children and adults with specific learning difficulties are among the many people who benefit from the work of the NHVS, both on site at New Hall and at venues throughout Chelmsford.
A sense of community spirit is fostered at New Hall School through its Voluntary Service where all students are encouraged to serve the local community. The Preparatory School and Years 7 and 8 are involved in collecting items for the NHVS Christmas hampers, entertaining visiting groups and helping with fundraising.
In the Trinity Term of Year 8, students become involved in an action group of their choice from the range appropriate to their age. From Year 9 onwards, students are encouraged to continue their involvement with NHVS by signing up each term for one of the six groups available to them.
It is hoped that by the time students reach Year 12 they will volunteer to become Group Leaders. This can involve contacting visiting guests, liaising with adult supporters, organising younger students and presenting termly reports to the Co-ordinating Committee and adult supporters. It helps the students to develop their leadership skills and it is hoped that it will lead to a lifelong wish to help others less fortunate.
Parents and friends of New Hall School support these activities in many ways, including working on the Co-ordinating Committee, supporting the Year 12 leaders as adult supporters, driving one of our school minibuses, escorting, providing food and by supporting fundraising events.
A Children’s Charity Day Camp for local children is also incorporated into the scheme. Students, helped by adult volunteers, devote time and energy in their summer holidays to give around 25 children from Chelmsford a day filled with new experiences and fun activities at New Hall.
- NHVS Manager: Mrs Jo McPherson
- NHVS Chair: Mrs Jo McPherson
- NHVS Assistant: Mrs Deborah Williamson
- Finance: Mrs Jo McPherson