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The Kids Network
The Kids Network is a community of children and volunteers connecting through fun, friendship and hardship for positive social change. We support children at a crucial time in their development - in the lead up to and often during the transition from primary into secondary school. We do this by providing them with a volunteer mentor, a local hero from the community.

The Kids Network are a London based organisation working in boroughs across the city to help support children aged 8-11 through one-to-one mentoring.

At a crucial age in a child’s development, mentors help with their social and emotional development during the transitional period between primary and secondary school. 

Mentors help build confidence, resilience and curiosity for ambitious futures through a series of fun and positive activities and experiences, opening up London in accessible and interesting ways.

Outside of sessions, mentors are able to connect with one another through peer to peer support both online and in regular mentor meet ups. Mentors also receive full training and ongoing support.


As a mentor, you will hold weekly one to one sessions of 1-3 hours with your mentee. These sessions take place out of school hours during the week or at weekends.

Our sessions are child-led and you will discuss potential activities with your mentee so that they can choose how you spend your time together. Help your mentee to improve their confidence, resilience and social and emotional development by setting goals and being a positive role model. 

Who will the volunteers be working with?
Our structured mentoring programme supports 8 -11 year olds with their social and emotional development before they transition into secondary school.
Attend two full days of in-person training.

Attend our monthly workshops to further develop your skills and connect with other mentors.

Time commitment

This is a year long mentoring programme. We ask that you are ideally able to volunteer once a week for 1-3 hours for 12 months. We are flexible about taking the occasional week off, but do expect our volunteers to commit to the full 12 months.

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.