At the project
On each of our projects you will spend an hour working one-to-one with a young person in a classroom environment, supporting them with their homework or English and Maths activities chosen by the Project Leader.
You will also have the opportunity to get involved with other activities designed to engage the young people and help them develop in character in the second hour of your session. The nature of the activities offered will depend on the project on which you are volunteering.
Take a look at our video above to find about more about how one of our mentoring sessions works from some of our Academy volunteers in London.
Before you start mentoring we offer comprehensive face-to-face training to ensure that you are well equipped to face the challenges of mentoring. Training is also a great opportunity for you to meet your fellow volunteers and ask any questions you might have.
During the training we cover four crucial areas:
Why is mentoring important? – This module looks at some of the theory behind development and why we believe mentoring can be so effective in helping young people develop in character and attainment.
Project Logistics – As we run a number of different programmes, part of your training will focus on the specifics of the programme that you will be volunteering on (e.g. Club / Academy / Junior Mentors / Summer Programme)
What makes a good mentor? – We will discuss the skills needed to be a good mentor and how we can go about developing the necessary skills
How to Mentor – Finally, we will share some practical tips to help you mentor successfully.
You will also need to complete our online safeguarding training which will take about 20-30 minutes in total, but you can complete it in stages in your own time.
Each session is led by an experienced Project Leader who is always on hand to offer support and answer your queries. Away from the project we are always available and happy to help in any way we can to ensure that you can provide the best support for your mentee and get the most from your volunteering experience.
We hold regular socials to thank you for your support and to help you get to know our friendly team and your fellow mentors. You will quickly become part of the ReachOut family.
What we expect of you
All we ask is that you can spare 1 or 2 hours a week and are committed, enthusiastic and positive.
Before starting we ask all our volunteers to complete a DBS check, provide references and to attend a training session.