We offer our senior school pupils the opportunity to be involved in a number of projects supporting people and places in the local and wider community.
Dollar Lunch Club
The lunch club takes place monthly on Monday and Friday at the Castle Campbell Hotel in Dollar and is a social event for some of the elderly members of the local community. Many of the members live alone and lunching with our pupils—having contact with the younger generation—provides a welcome addition to their lives. Pupils who have previously attended have found it a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Monthly, on a Friday/Monday at lunchtime, in the Castle Campbell Hotel, Dollar.
British Heart Foundation Youth Volunteers
Pupils will receive training in the issues surrounding heart disease and will then raise awareness in others by speaking to their form classes and/or year group assemblies. There are further opportunities to take this new skill out into the community. An excellent opportunity for those who hope to enter a medical profession, or for those who enjoy, or wish to develop, public speaking skills. Training times to be arranged but will be during the school day so suitable for all ages.
Pupils work in pairs and provide an hour of academic support a week to a teenager in care. A high level of commitment is required as this is a school year-round activity, except during study leave and exams. Transport is provided which leaves school at 3.30pm returning by 5.15pm. This activity is only on offer to our older senior school pupils and training is provided from social workers before undertaking this very valuable and rewarding task.
The Whins Resources Centre
Pupils on Form VI have the opportunity to volunteer at this local day centre where people with physical disabilities or victims of stroke attend for rehabilitation. Pupils can work with the photographic group to produce a calendar which is sold for fundraising. Pupils can also work with IT using iPads and the whiteboard – equipment that has been donated to the Centre by The Governors of Dollar Academy.
Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30pm – 1:30pm.
Pupils in Forms V and VI can volunteer at this local youth club for young adults with mental or physical disabilities. Pupils attend the club to play games, use the iPads or just chat and make friends. There is also the opportunity to be involved in outings that the club organizes e.g. Bowling and Cinema trips. There is also a Saturday Play Alloa which provides play and social opportunities for children and young people with special needs.
Activities are organised in the evenings and at weekends.
Strathdevon Primary School
Any aspiring teachers in Form VI have an excellent opportunity for work experience provided by our local primary school. Pupils can arranging to assist with sporting activities, assist during lunchtime play and offer academic support through paired reading.
Timings can be arranged to suit.
Hillfoots Rugby Club
This is an opportunity for boys and girls from Form III to VI to be involved in the coaching of youth teams at the Hillfoots Rugby Club. Training is provided, with the opportunity to undertake the Level 1 coaching certificate for those interested.
Computer Training for the Elderly
This is a four-week course in which our pupils in Forms IV, V and VI provide basic computer skills training to elderly members of the community. Pupils must tailor their tuition to the client’s needs e.g. sending and receiving e-mails, internet shopping, storage of photographs or simply how to use a mouse. This is an exceptionally rewarding experience for pupils who experience the joy that teaching can bring and appreciate how learning a new skill can change a life. On our first course a pupil opened the door of Skype to a grandmother whose grandson was on a gap year in Australia.
Wednesday, 3.45pm – 5.00pm
Dollar Scout and Brownies
Our senior pupils can volunteer to help at the local Beaver and Cub packs or the Brownie Club.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 3:30pm – 5.00pm.
Ochil Landscape Partnership
Senior school pupils have the opportunity to receive training and experience in physical environmental projects such as dry stone wall-building and hillwalking leadership.
Seamab School is a residential school that provides positive sporting and musical experiences for primary aged pupils who are in the care of the local authority. We encourage our Senior School pupils to volunteer in this rewarding activity.
Seamab pupils travel to Dollar for a lesson run by members of our sports staff. Our Form VI pupils act as sports role models during these lessons. This requires a long-term commitment and the willingness to build trusting relationships with vulnerable children.
Our senior school pupils can also volunteer to work as mentors, leading musical workshops for the children at Seamab.
Mrs Karen MacBean, Community Services Co-ordinator