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About the organisation

The Brightside Trust

We use online mentoring to connect young people with inspirational role models so they can make confident and informed decisions about their next steps in life. We work in partnership with various universities, business and other charities.

We want you to join our team of mentors and help young people thinking about university to develop their confidence, raise their aspirations and learn about university. You will help young people develop the knowledge and connections required to be able to make confident and informed decisions about their next steps. There is also loads of opportunity to develop your mentoring and communication skills and experience working directly with young people.

Role Aim: 

Our volunteer online mentors support young people to think about their future, raise aspirations and develop confidence. This will be specifically in exploring university as an option for their future. This role helps young people to make confident and informed decisions about their next steps. This is a really flexible opportunity and no travel is required as all mentoring takes place online.


Volunteers will be expected to:

-Attend an online training session

-Complete a DBS check (we pay for this)

-Create an account on our online mentoring platform

-Log on at least once per week to communicate with your mentee through our messaging system

-As a mentor you will answer questions, help your mentees set goals and talk about your own experience.

Skills needed: 

Commitment and reliability, enthusiasm and positivity, communication skills


We provide a live 90 minute online training webinar. We cover mentoring skills, how to support your mentee and child protection.

From home
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
All hours
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here