May... already! It must be time for SATs, usually a relatively quiet time at Warning Zone with school bookings tailing off towards the week of the tests itself and only independent schools coming during those five days.
This year however we are full-on right through into our really busy period up to the end of the school year. This means, despite running with the greatest number of volunteers that we have ever had, we will need to pull out all the stops to cover the remaining session.
The seven new volunteers who completed their training during April are now into their “shadowing” period before taking their places in the roster. Good luck to them all; we hope they enjoy their volunteering at WZ and get plenty of experience before the summer break.
The interviews for the role of Volunteer Co-ordinator took place last month. Around 60 applications were received with 6 being shortlisted. The successful candidate was Louise Lemmon who has already been working alongside Alan as part of her induction into the job. Louise has worked as a police officer for the past 20 years, the last 10 as an investigator in Child Abuse and Domestic Violence cases. In a previous role as a Beat Officer she worked with community volunteers tackling anti-social behaviour in the Beaumont Leys and Hamilton areas of the city. We all welcome Lou to the WZ team and wish her well in her new role.
Louise has already received her training to act as a guide/educator and has now started to shadow as Visit Manager. A number of volunteers have already met Lou and she is looking forward to getting to know everyone.
There is a Warning Zone Quiz Night coming up again. The last one held just before Christmas was a sell-out but there is still a chance to book tickets for the next one being held at 7pm Thursday 15th May. £5 per person with teams of four. Call 0116 2629739 now to book.
Guide: “What would a police officer do with the alcohol he confiscates from the young people?”
Pupil: “DRINK IT!!”
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