Elly, a bit of a volunteer dynamo

Elly is a retired Secondary school teacher and a bit of a dynamo! (She’s on the far right of the photo above). She has been volunteering with our ESOL (English) department for two years now, but also volunteers with Love to Learn GCSE homework club, and has helped out with day trips on the summer programme. Outside of KLS Elly also volunteers as a guide at Kew Gardens.

Elly is a fantastic volunteer. As a trained teacher, she knows how to keep a global view on the work going on in class, but is quick to identify students who need support and uses her imagination to adapt and simplify in order to help those students to access the lesson. This is especially helpful in large classes with a wide spread of abilities, which is a feature of community learning. Elly is also happy to jump in and lead sessions when the need arises.

During lockdown, although nervous of online teaching, Elly offered her services. With a bit of 1:1 training in using WhatsApp and Zoom, Elly was soon assisting with a familiar class and then in June / July when Fran was busy with calculated assessments and exams, she took over the group and co-taught with another volunteer Peter.

Elly approaches the role of classroom assistant with all the skills that put the students at ease – she is friendly and calm but also playful and her affection for the students shines out of her. Elly says of her voluntary work with us:

“Volunteering at KLS is a very happy experience for me. The ladies in the ESOL class always come in smiling, they love the class and ooze enthusiasm, and I always leave the class smiling with them. 

These classes are so beneficial on many levels. The students learn English in a fun and effective way. They make firm friendships with others from their own and other new communities. They have a chance to share issues and experiences. They feel validated in their position in the family and the community as they are seen to be making such a commitment.

For me it is a delight to be a part of this learning experience. How gratifying for me to be able to use my teaching experience to support eager motivated students… a teacher’s dream!”


Come and volunteer with us

Our volunteers are truly amazing. They help us run all of our community services.

If you’re interested in volunteering then please fill in our ‘Volunteer Application Form’.

Our volunteers help with:

  • mentoring for an hour a week to support a refugee young person
  • supporting one of our GCSE study groups that meet for 2 hours a week in Battersea
  • helping out at a Homework Club on a Wednesday or Thursday from 4.30pm-7.00pm
  • being an escort for older people on and off our minibus during the day Tuesday – Thursdays
  • supporting older people as a ‘Fone Friend’- a telephone befriender with local older people
  • teaching in our ESOL (English/Maths/IT) classes as a volunteer teaching assistant 
  • help with fundraising
  • strengthen our communication and marketing 
  • and so much more.

Do get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.


About Katherine Low Settlement

Katherine Low Settlement is a much-loved, busy charity that has been at the heart of the community in Battersea, south-west London, since 1924.

With a few staff and a lot of volunteers, Katherine Low Settlement runs a range of its own popular community projects including educational courses and wellbeing activities. The charity supports children, young people and their families, older people, refugees and newly arrived communities of all genders, nationalities and religions.

The Katherine Low Settlement building in Battersea High Street, opened in 1924, is used for community activities and events, usually – until the arrival of Covid-19 – by over 500 people a week. Its rooms are available for hire at affordable rates.

Katherine Low Settlement is grateful for the funding received from supporters, trusts and foundations to enable the charity to continue to reduce poverty and isolation and bring Battersea together.


Press contacts

Aaron Barbour
Katherine Low Settlement
Telephone: 020 7223 2845.
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.klsettlement.org.uk

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