Employee-volunteers have Fun with Numbers!

Fun With Numbers has been a long time in the making. It was unfortunately postponed abruptly in 2020 due to the pandemic. 

With this uncertainty, Fun With Numbers was left with an unknown  way forward. I started in September 2020 and was tasked with looking at alternative ways in which we could deliver our programmes and activities virtually. It has been reported that a child’s learning has been severely impacted due to the pandemic and lockdowns and I wanted to figure out a way we could support during this difficult time.

During Lockdown, I managed to work with the Numerical Cognition Lab to create a padlet which could be used by schools, families and children to help boost their confidence. 

We supported the Festival of Ideas in May 2021 and we wanted to continue this positive momentum. It was therefore decided to arrange a Fun With Numbers training session for the Autumn term. 

On the 10th November we had eight volunteers from across a number of our members. boxxe were very kind in offering their space and a big thank you goes out to the team from boxxe who were able to help us set up. 

Lucy from the Numerical Cognition Lab worked with me in order to host the training session and they spoke about the importance of maths and how to approach the methodology. As someone who doesn’t have a background in Maths and myself have been anxious of maths as a child, it was really insightful and helped to shape the session. Lucy also highlighted the importance of maths as a key skill in the workforce and how it is really important to support them in becoming confident.

“I had a lot of fun interacting with our volunteers during the training session! It was really great to see our games come to life and already have our volunteers thinking critically about how they might be played with a variety of children.” – Lucy, Numerical Cognition Lab

Volunteers then had an opportunity to play a number of the games including the animal board game, connect 4 bingo and Guess my Number. It was a really valuable experience and we had some really useful feedback, which will help shape the programme going forward.

We’re now working hard to get our volunteers into schools for January 2022 and please let us know if you would be interested in supporting Fun With Numbers as we will have opportunities for future training sessions.

Blog post written by Ronan Crawford Ellin who coordinates our Social Connections programme.