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Lauriston Lights

Founded in 2012, the education charity Lauriston Lights is a summer camp for eleven year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds, making the vital transition from primary to secondary schools. It has been created and is run solely by current or recently graduated university students. The aim is to raise the aspirations, communication, character and intellectual skills of the children it works with to empower them for secondary school and beyond. It does this through a variety of innovative workshops and teaching methods, such as one-to-one mentoring sessions, Philosophy for Children, debating workshops, character education workshops, workshops delivered by external companies and individuals and a trip to a university town.

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. We are running three camps - two in London & one in Oxford. The camps are entirely operated by current university undergraduates, on a voluntary basis, and we need approximately 30 mentors to volunteer with us this August. Mentors have a wide range of responsibilities, including: facilitating Philosophy for Children sessions; personal 1-on-1 mentoring; facilitating competitive debates; designing and delivering subject-based workshops; attending a trip to Cambridge with the mentees; taking on leadership roles; and more.

We can pay travel expenses.

Role Aim: 

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.

Duties: 

Mentors have a wide range of responsibilities, including: facilitating ‘Philosophy for Children’ sessions; personal 1-on-1 mentoring; facilitating competitive debates; designing and delivering subject-based workshops; attending a trip to Cambridge with the mentees; taking on leadership roles; and more.

Skills needed: 

Previous experience interacting with children preferred but not essential

Empathy, enthusiasm, kindness and determination are required qualities.

A preference for high teamwork and communication skills.

Training: 

Three day training: -Philosophy for Children training, after which volunteers emerge with a an accredited qualification.Training in child protection, child behaviour management and working with children.

Location: 
Two schools in London (Bow & Heartlands) & one in Oxford
Time commitment: 
At least one day per week
Opening times: 
Volunteers need to commit for 2 weeks during the summer, from Monday - Friday 08.30-16.00.
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