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Opportunity: Co-Coach

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed Coaches to help run the Yes Futures Programme from September 2017 to February 2018. The Yes Futures Programme is a challenging out-of-the-classroom experience that develops young people’s confidence, resilience and life skills. It includes one-to-one coaching sessions as well as three immersive trips to dynamic workplaces, local community projects and a 3-day residential adventure!

Coaching provides a unique opportunity for young people to receive valuable, one-to-one support. As a Coach, you will be responsible for supporting up to 10 students throughout the duration of the programme, delivering one-to-one coaching sessions as well as helping with the running of all programme elements.

Coaches will be integral to the running of our programme and a key part of the growth of the organisation. We often see our volunteer Coaches going on to paid Coach roles.


Opportunity: Teaching volunteer

To support and mentor children ages from 6 to 16 years old with their English and Maths, homework, their reading skills, and help them gain self-confidence to improve their future prospects.

The programme aims to raise the aspirations of young people and adult learning in the community by providing them with the opportunity to learn and broaden their knowledge by providing one-to-one support for a child, adult and families.


Opportunity: Residential children's holiday group leader

Free to Be Kids runs crucial respite breaks for inner-city London’s most disadvantaged children. Our breaks offer the opportunity for children to have fun, try new things, build their confidence and feel brave. The holidays are packed with nature and animal focused activities like kayaking down a river or den building in the forest. Without our breaks, many of these children wouldn’t have a holiday and many have never seen the sea, been to a farm or had a bedtime story. These experiences stick in the children’s minds for years afterwards and begin to help them see the world, and their place within it.


Opportunity: World Stories Contributor

To write/translate and proofread stories


Opportunity: Learning Mentor

We are looking for volunteer learning mentors to support children with their homework and revision at our hostel-based Homework Club.

Our Homework Club is based in one of Camden Council’s hostels, and it provides resident children with much-needed space and quiet away from their overcrowded family units to work and study. On top of this, our volunteer learning mentors offer one-to-one academic support to individual children, helping them with homework tasks, revision, and test preparation.

Volunteer participation enables us to offer an intensive level of learning support to the children attending the club, who face considerable disadvantage in their academic development due to the general lack of space and privacy for study that hostel life entails.


Opportunity: Mentor

As a mentor, you*ll provide your mentees with encouragement, application feedback and advice throughout the application process. We encourage applicants to do as much reading as possible and provide them with a range of resources to go through beforehand so that your mentee gets all the basic information outside the mentorship, leaving you to focus on the things that can*t be learned through reading. It*s a minimal time commitment that can make a real impact on someone*s future * we think that*s worth doing!


Opportunity: Volunteer Tutor

We deliver tutoring programmes, in partnership with schools, to support disadvantaged pupils across the country. Education isn’t a level playing field in the UK today, as the income of a child’s parents can directly impact their own academic attainment.

We want to change this through our tutoring support for both primary and secondary pupils - and help pupils achieve regardless of their backgrounds. We recognise how powerful tutoring can be in supporting a child academically and we believe it shouldn’t be accessed only by those who can afford it.

The way we deliver our programmes is by recruiting volunteers as our tutors. Through this activity our volunteers are able to develop a wealth of different skills (interpersonal, organisational, communication), it also provides a link between them and the youngest members of their community - empowering them to give back.


Opportunity: Workshop volunteer or Local Lead

Volunteers would conduct fun and engaging one-hour workshops to train children on eye care and eye health and help them be change agents as Eye Heroes for eye health with adults in their social circles.

Volunteers have the option to become a Local Lead for Eye Heroes if there isn*t one in the area. Local Leads are our main point of contact for coordinating and communicating future workshops in a specific region. Volunteers who choose to be Local Leads will contact schools, recruit more volunteers for the workshops, and promote Eye Heroes with the local community and local partners.

The volunteer will lead the workshop using the toolkit and resources provided by Eye Heroes. The volunteer will interact and engage with the children using games, videos, role play and interactive activities. The teachers are expected to be in the classroom to provide supervision. The Lead volunteer would coordinate with the school on the logistics planning for the workshop.


Opportunity: IntoUniversity Student Mentor

The IntoUniversity Mentoring Scheme pairs university student mentors with young people aged 10-17 from some of London’s most disadvantaged areas, giving them the opportunity to receive tailored, one-to-one support in areas including academic attainment, social skills and future planning.


Opportunity: After-School Club Assistant

We require volunteers as After-School Club Assistants, the role involves supporting a team to prepare and run the activities of our highly successful after school club called Little Manor.


Opportunity: Female Mentor

A woman mentor is an experienced and trusted adviser or guide. On a general level, your role as a mentor is to build a relationship of mutual trust with the mentee you work with and to act as an effective model for them. Your role will include listening, informing and advising the mentee and also demonstrating an understanding of the problems and challenges faced.

A key aspect of your role will be to provide encouragement and motivation. In this respect, you will be trying to help women to become more fully aware of their ability to succeed and to gain a realistic, but imaginative, insight into the range of employment prospects and other opportunities that are open to them.

Due to the nature of the volunteering opportunity, we can only accept female volunteers.


Opportunity: Play Support Worker

We are looking for volunteers to spend time with, engage and inspire homeless children resident in Camden’s temporary accommodation hostels.

Our after-school-club is based in one of Camden Council’s hostels, and it provides resident children with much-needed play space, creative resources, a lending library, outdoor activities, and healthy after-school snacks. Our volunteer playworkers provide support to our professional staff by being able to give one-to-one attention to individual children in the club, whether by engaging in imaginative play or creative activities, reading with them, participating in outdoor games, or helping them attend to our kitchen garden. The also give practical help to our small staff team, helping to set up and close down the club so we can offer a high level of service to our families.

Volunteer participation enables us to have a high adult-child ratio, which means children benefit from the close engagement and encouragement in their personal and creative development from role-model adults.


Opportunity: Online Mentor

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.


Opportunity: Saturday School Volunteer

To support and mentor children with their English and Maths, Homework, to develop their reading skills, help them gain self-confidence and improve their future prospects.

The programme aims to raise the aspirations of young people and adult learning in the community by providing them with the opportunity to learn and broaden their knowledge by providing one-to-one support for a child, adult and families.


Opportunity: Befriender / Mentor

Family Friends* volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and they are selected for their qualities of warmth, empathy and understanding. They use our training and their commitment and life experiences to become a supportive friend or mentor. In addition to finding it very rewarding and gaining the benefit of learning some new skills, many use their experience of volunteering with us to help develop their own careers. Our volunteers recognise the importance of reliability, confidentiality and trust.


Opportunity: Classroom Assistant Volunteer

Assisting in our classes with users and working with our teachers.


Opportunity: IT Learning and Development Coach

All of life’s activities - including job seeking, accessing and managing benefits and housing - take place online. Clients without IT skills are hugely disadvantaged. This role provides clients with either no or little experience with computers with one-to-one support, helping them to overcome initial fears or learning barriers. With increasing confidence, they can access the Learning and Employment Hub independently. The service helps those clients seeking to address digital skills gaps and improve their confidence in order to increase their employability and household income potential.


Opportunity: Lauriston Lights Mentor

Lauriston Lights is a charity that targets high-ability 11 year-old children from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. This demographic receives very little specific support from the government, so it’s up to voluntary organisations like us to help them hone their abilities. Over a two-week summer camp, we help these children find the confidence and skills to mean they thrive in secondary school and beyond.


Opportunity: Mentor - Islington and Lambeth

To encourage the child to grow in self-confidence, build more positive relationships and overcome behavioural difficulties so that they can imagine a better future.