My journey with SAVTE started in 2003 when I was working as a receptionist in a local community centre, and I heard that SAVTE were looking for new volunteers for their Home Learning Project.
It has been a fantastic and rewarding journey on many levels and a pleasure to work with such committed and inspirational people.
I thought that supporting non English speakers to learn English would be a new challenge and having completed the training course I then supported a woman living in Darnall for 6 months, there were times when I doubted myself and the ongoing support from SAVTE along with their teaching resources helped me to develop my teaching skills and my own confidence.
I became a board member 14 years ago, and I would say SAVTE has played a major part in my own development.
I continued learning and went on to complete my City and Guilds 7407 Tutor Training followed by a degree at Sheffield Hallam University. It has been a fantastic and rewarding journey on many levels and a pleasure to work with such committed and inspirational people.
Apart from SAVTE, I am a trustee of Sheffield Conversation Club which brings together non-native speakers, mainly refugees and asylum seekers, with local volunteers through conversation and other activities such as local walks and seaside trips.