As a Volunteer Learning Mentor, you will be helping underachieving pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds overcome barriers to learning. Our project's aim is to transform young people’s attitudes towards school, study skills, and help them gain confidence. It requires your time, commitment, dedication and preparation.
This is an exciting opportunity to motivate, inspire and empower young people to achieve their full potential. In a short space of time you will notice the change your support is making to the young person's confidence, engagement and educational achievement.
As a volunteer learning mentor you will gain insight and better understanding into the lives of these young people and the multiple barriers they face towards their education. You will be exposed to new and different perspectives. You'll learn how to creatively work with hard to reach young people and their families.
We are looking for volunteers
- To work with a young person in order to provide support with homework and study skills
- If the young person is preparing for GCSEs, to provide subject-specific support and assistance with revision and preparation for exams;
- For newly arrived refugees and immigrants to help with English language aquisition
- To work sensitively and appropriately with the young person and their families, being aware of cultural differences, personal boundaries and the power dynamics at work in all mentoring relationships;
- To undertake induction required for this role
- After initial introductions, to take responsibility for arranging weekly sessions directly with the young person's family, and letting them know if you are unwell or unable to attend;
- To report any concerns which might arise straight away to the project worker;
- To be committed to our project’s policies on Equal Opportunities, Health & Safety and Confidentiality (copies provided at induction), and to promote Equal Opportunities whenever possible.
If you are studying or researching a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Maths (STEM) related subject and want to volunteer and share your knowledge and experience with young people, you could become a STEM Ambassador.
We are looking for dedicated, compassionate and empathetic workshop chairs to support with the safe running of the workshops.