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Unfold - Empowerment through Mentoring
Unfold are reaching communities who face the most exclusion, this is because, although we are open to everyone, 85% of the families we support are single headed households led by a woman, 98% of our service users are from racialised groups, and 60% of our referrals come from other supporting services. Unfold have also expanded and adapted our services to support Asylum Seekers and young people in…

Pupils in a pupil referral unit have been permanently or temporarily removed from their mainstream school due to different challenges, which increase the likelihood of having a negative outlook on life. We need mentors who can put their mentee first, supporting their mentee know and believe that despite the challenges they face, they can overcome and achieve. 



  • As mentor to a young person between the ages of 11-16, you will meet together on a weekly basis at your mentees school, encouraging and motivating your mentee to make steps towards positive change.
  • Being understanding to the range of behavioural, emotional and learning difficulties your mentee may have, you will be patient and committed, putting the needs of your mentee first, working together to identify goals that matter to them and together creating strategies and steps towards achieving such goals.
  • Often faced with the increase likelihood of challenges experienced due to being in a pupil referral unit, trained in positive psychology and coaching style techniques by Unfold, you will inspire your mentor to see challenges as opportunity, broadening their horizons as to what they can achieve.
  • Building a trusting relationship, you will create a safe space for your mentor to be actively listened to and heard without judgement.
  • Meeting 1-2 hrs a week, on a 1-2-1 basis, over a duration of 24 weekly sessions


Who will the volunteers be working with?
Fully supported by a designated Programme Officer you will be working with a young person between the ages of 11-16yrs.
Through our comprehensive training and ongoing support, you will develop skills in positive psychology and coaching style techniques to effectively support a your mentee to making steps towards positive change.
You will gain transferable skills relevant for personal and professional development, this includes but is not limited to team working, empathetic leadership, organisation, growth mindset and adaptive communication styles and approaches.

Through our compulsory monthly group supervision, you will have the opportunity to share your journey and support others though your learning.

Time commitment

We are looking for someone who can commit to 1–2-hours a week, over a period of 24 sessions. For this programme you will meet during school hours, in most cases, for a minimum of 4 weeks. The programme is designed for sessions to begin within school whilst you build your relationship, with an aim to move your sessions to be held outside of school hours. Depending on the need of your mentee, session may then be in person, virtually or a mixture of both.
need of your mentee.
Attending monthly group online meetings, which is a great opportunity for all the mentors to come together discuss challenges, successes and further develop mentoring skills.

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working to keep you safe and supported whilst you volunteer.

You’ll never be out of pocket for volunteering through us – with in-London travel expenses to and from your volunteering guaranteed.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch with us at any time.