Wizard Education is a Not For Profit social enterprise. We rely on grants, student fees and what little income we can generate from our enterprise projects. No dividends are paid our and all profits are put back into our projects to help us provide the best facilities and opportunities we can for our students plus subsidised activities and workshops for the local community. To help us to reduce our costs we rely on the help and support of our local community which in turn helps us to support them.
There are many ways to help us, just a few include:
Skills Share - Do you have a skill or experience you would be prepared to share with our students or other members of the community? You can help us to run a class, do a demonstration or two, come along and talk to the students about what you do, or simply come along and help out on one of our work party days. Do you have a vehicle or model you have made, restored or worked on and would like to share some of your experience? We are always looking for both work related and personal interest type skills, eg construction, gardening, DIY, motor mechanics, car restoration, model building, computers, anything artistic or craft related, etc
Volunteers - If you have an odd hour free here and there, or are able to help out on a regular basis, we will be needing volunteers to help our students run their enterprise projects. You will need evidence of a recent CRB check (we can help you get the paperwork sorted if you don't already have one!), lots of patience and a sense of humour. In return we can offer training, good companionship, an opportunity to help our community and a bit of fun.
Work Experience - Are you able to offer work experience for our students? Whether you can offer individual taster days, group site visits or regular placements for individual students, please do call us and let us know!
Student Resources - We always need workshop and construction style overalls and boots, goggles, gloves and other protective clothing/equipment. Adult bicyles, mopeds and motorbikes, cars and all types of associated parts and tools are always very welcome - thank you particularly to those that have donated some so far - they all make excellent working projects! The arts are an excellent way of helping individuals to express themselves, develop their creativity and often provide a valuable channel of communication. Consumables such as clay, paints, paper, canvases and brushes are always welcome but as we are just starting up a new studio we are also looking for a potters wheel, kiln and belfast style sinks to help get us started.
Equipment or furnishings - Are you upgrading or clearing out at home or work and have things you could 'recycle', donate or let us have at a reduced price? We need to completely refurbish the buildings including heating, electrics, walls, roofing and flooring. We will also need tables, office equipment, shelving, computers (dead or alive!), craft materials, chairs, kitchen equipment, workshop tools or equipment, working car parts etc. Outside, we hope to create a calm, natural 'Time-Out' area for students that need space to gather their thoughts or just relax so we will be looking for wooden garden furniture, gardening equipment and plants.
The list is not exhaustive and of course changes constantly, if you have any ideas on how you can help us with either the 14-16yr old students attending our day classes or our community activities, events or workshops - call us, we would love to know more :)