Volunteer Mentor

Would you like to help a young person in your local community prosper? You’ve come to the right place! ReachOut are looking for volunteers to join us for 2 hours a week as a mentor to young people in need of a positive role model.

What You'll Do: 

ReachOut is a national mentoring and education charity, working in under-resourced areas, we support young people who need a positive role model to grow in character and confidence, sparking change in themselves and society.   

We run weekly after-school clubs for secondary and primary school students. 

  

As a ReachOut mentor, you will make a real difference to young people in your local community, you will watch your mentee grow in confidence and gain skills which they can put to use in their life outside ReachOut. Our ReachOut clubs have a real sense of community, and you will be able to make friends with other mentors and form long–lasting bonds!  

  

The high quality, intensive programmes we deliver go far beyond academic tutoring, as you will have the opportunity to play games and sports too. We combine 1.1 discussion activities, games, goal setting and more!   

  

As a mentor you will be paired with a young person, who you will work with each week individually. Furthermore, you will also take part in group activities that promote leadership, trust, and responsibility.  

   

At ReachOut, we run 3 different projects throughout the academic year. All our projects start during the Autumn, each running for different lengths of time and you can pick the type of project that best suits you! 

  

·      ReachOut Club runs in primary schools for 18 weeks between 3.30 and 5.30pm.  

·      ReachOut Academy. 

·      ReachOut+ runs in secondary schools for 26 weeks between 6.00 and 8.00pm. We run sessions from Monday to Thursday across a range of locations within London and offer online projects, so there is something for everyone!  

  

  

If this sounds like the perfect volunteering opportunity, we would love you to join us! We are currently looking for volunteers for the 2023/24 academic year. Sign up on our website and get started on your Volunteer Journey!

Why You'll Love It: 

We think that you'll love volunteering with ReachOut for a whole range of reasons, it's a great opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and make a real difference in the lives of young people.   

 

Here is what some of our current mentors have loved about their time volunteering with us:  

   

"It’s a brilliant place, the community is amazing, I feel like I’ve come into a family and been accepted and that’s before even meeting the children. It’s such a rewarding thing to do and you’re brought into a really loving community of everybody working together and no one trying to compete with each other. If you want a challenge, to take yourself out of your comfort zone and do something really rewarding this is a pretty good thing to do!"   

   

"You made it really easy for me to fit in, which I sometimes have a hard time doing. Although it’s cliché, it was like a family and a community – it was amazing"  

     

"It’s an incredible opportunity that if they have time in, they should take part in. Besides mentoring and breaking the daily routine, it’s a great way to meet new people. It’s a way to meet people and do work which is impactful and beneficial to the younger generation."   

 

Access to: ReachOut Futures

 

As a student, you'll also have access to our ReachOut Futures programme where we connect volunteer mentors with our corporate partners. You'll have the opportunity to work with your own career mentor as well as take part in career-building workshops and even have the opportunity to access exclusive work placements and internships. If you successfully complete our volunteer onboarding journey and mentor a young person on one of our projects, you will automatically gain access to the ReachOut Futures programme.

 

What You'll Learn: 

By volunteering with ReachOut you will have the opportunity to learn a whole range of new skills, including:  

   

·        Communication  

·        Confidence  

·        Teamwork  

·        Leadership  

·        Organisation  

·        Time management  

·        Activity lead  

 

In the 2022/23 academic year 100% of KCL volunteers said that volunteering with ReachOut notably increased both their confidence and communication skills!

   

We think that everyone can get something out of volunteering with us, if you are keen to work with young people in your career it's a great way to gain hands-on classroom experience in a supportive environment. But you can also gain and develop skills which you can transfer into your studies or future work environments!   

What We're Looking For: 

You don't need any experience to volunteer for ReachOut! We're just looking for enthusiastic, committed people who want to get involved and be positive role models to young people!     

We provide comprehensive training to ensure you are fully prepared and know what to expect. We will also help you apply for a DBS certificate and allow you to ask any questions you may have. You will be supported by the ReachOut team at every step of your volunteering journey!  

  

Summary
Volunteering
Mentor
Education
Social Mobility
Young People
London
United Kingdom
Manchester
United Kingdom
Liverpool
United Kingdom
Location of opportunity: 
A range of locations across London.
2 Hours / Week
Skills you will develop: 
Active listening
Empathy
Interpersonal / Confidence
Relevant interests: 
Charity / Nonprofit
Education
Requirements: 
Training

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