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As part our commitment to help students get the most out of their experience at College, 60 of our ESOL students have taken part in a volunteer-led MoneySkills session from Barclays LifeSkills as well as a session from Martha Romero from the Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Group about how to get involved in volunteering.  

The session from Barclays Lifeskills covered employment related topics including how to find opportunities and how to maximise your CV, as well as money related topics like how to read a bank statement and understanding credit card interest. The students also got plenty of advice on renting, accommodation and choosing insurance policies.

Student Adam Stacewicz said the CV training was very helpful. “We talked about work in the future and what we need to improve on” he said.

Ihor Martsynyak said for someone who doesn’t have English as a first language, understanding the English jargon on a bank statement can be difficult. “It was really good to learn about how to read a bank statement and understand banks.” he explained.

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Above: Martha Romero talks volunteering with a packed house of students

Martha Romero is the Director of Care for the Elderly at the Masbro Centre and a former ESOL and Business student at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London’s College and returned on Monday to give a very insightful presentation on the benefits of volunteering to a full house of students. Martha discussed the sense of accomplishment, recognition and self esteem students can get from volunteering - along with looking great on their CV. To get started on your volunteering journey in the Hammersmith and Fulham area, visit

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