Our impact Case studies Chris - Mentor Chris Seow, LSE student, volunteers at a ReachOut Club project alongside studying for his degree. Chris is in his first year of mentoring at a Primary School in Tower Hamlets and is involved with the Students for Children society at his University. What do you study at LSE? Do you find it difficult to balance volunteering on top of studies? I’m currently in my second year at LSE where I study Politics and International Relations. It is easy to balance volunteering at ReachOut alongside my studies as it’s only two hours a week and it’s like a respite from studying, I find it rejuvenates me and allows me to approach the rest of the week with a fresh mind-set. What made you choose to volunteer with ReachOut, and how did you hear about us? I have always been interested in child-related charity causes and have actively participated in fundraising activities, including running a marathon for charity. I heard about the opportunity from my school’s society, Students for Children, and decided to volunteer for ReachOut as an opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone and to directly interact with and help young people. Does your participation at the Students for Children society complement your volunteering with ReachOut in any way? Students for Children has played a significant role in my volunteering journey as it has allowed for myself and fellow ReachOut volunteers to meet and share our experiences and expertise. Additionally, it has provided me with opportunities to be involved in other areas of charity such as fundraising. What is your favourite part about ReachOut and why? My favourite part is the weekly outdoor activities in the second hour of the session as I enjoy interacting with the young people and getting to know them better in a more relaxed and informal environment. More importantly, I enjoy seeing their growth in applying the character values and traits in their relationships with each other. We often find we have less male mentors, could you give some advice to anyone considering it? I feel that male volunteers are perhaps less willing to come forward due to the stigma that they are not as sensitive or nurturing. My advice to anyone, male or female, who wants to volunteer is to take the first step and be brave. The hardest step is always the first step!