Catherine Collcutt is a sessional worker at Beams during the school holidays. Catherine, aged 21, is a primary school teacher in her NQT year. She teaches the reception aged children at The Brent Primary School in Dartford.
Catherine started working with our children over 3 years ago, whilst she was at University studying for her degree. She has come back each school holiday since to care for disabled children that participate in our Kids Camp holiday play schemes. Previously, Catherine volunteered at after school clubs working with children with Autism in Dartford.
We asked Catherine what motivates her to do this type of work. She said:
“I love working with children. I have wanted to do this since I was 11 years old. Working at Beams has given me experience and confidence. I understand children with SEN and have been involved in integrating them into mainstream education. I find the work with disabled children rewarding, knowing that I can make a difference to their lives.
I love it when we give them opportunities to do something such as going to the beach for the day or swimming as they will not do this without our help”.
Catherine is one of a team of sessional workers who are engaged to care and play with children that stay at Beams during the school holidays. Most are aged between 18-25, are graduates, teachers, nurses, or are interested in working in social care. This gives them a new perspective and broadens their horizons.
If you would like to volunteer or become as a sessional worker with disabled children then get in touch: