ReachOut VOlunteer Journey

Stage Three - Meet the Team

Stage One / Stage Two / Stage Three

Congratulations on completing your mentor training!

Its time to meet the ReachOut team and get ready to begin mentoring. 

Remember, you can download your volunteer journey checklist here to keep track of where you are in the process. 

What do I have to do?

You may have completed this step already, but if you haven’t please click here to be transported to Calendly, where you can choose the date and time for your meeting.

Click here to view a helpful guide of exactly what IDs are acceptable and which aren’t.

Preparing your IDs in advance is really important, as it means that you can spend more time in your meeting chatting rather than solving ID issues!

Click here to answer some additional questions about you.

It is important that you complete this form before coming to your 1:1 meeting, as we may want to follow-up on some of your answers then. You’ll need your unique contact ID code for this (a combination of 15 letters & numbers starting with 003), which you will have received in the email that brought you to this page.

This is an opportunity for you to meet a member of the Volunteer Team so that we can get to know you better. This is also where the team will check your 3 forms of ID for your DBS. Please remember to bring your IDs with you, along with any questions you have about mentoring.

Important: You cannot attend your 1:1 meeting unless you have filled in your DBS application (or already hold a valid DBS certificate). Click here to head back to Stage 2 to complete this step if you haven’t done so yet.

WHat Happens Next?

After you attend your 1:1 meeting, the Volunteer Team will submit your DBS application for processing.

While you wait for your DBS to be processed, you will be invited to join your assigned school’s Whatsapp group to meet other mentors & Project Leaders.

Once your DBS has been cleared and all other steps of the journey have been completed, you will receive a firm position on your mentoring project.

Your Project Leader will send you the session plan for your first mentoring session and will give you guidance for your first day. After that, you’ll  attend your first session and begin mentoring!

Need any help?

If you’re having any trouble with this stage of your volunteer journey, or if you have any other questions, please contact your Volunteer Officer. 

London:
Alice McGill
volunteerlondon@reachoutuk.org
07379 096453

North West (Manchester & Liverpool):
Sia Kampouri
volunteermanchester@reachoutuk.org
volunteerliverpool@reachoutuk.org
07751544221

Meet Alice and Sia, our Volunteer Officers

Alice McGILL

Senior Volunteer Officer, London

Sia Kampouri

Volunteer Officer, North West

“Hello, we’re Alice and Sia, ReachOut’s Volunteer Officers. Our role at ReachOut is to support you throughout your time as a volunteer mentor.  Volunteering as a mentor to a young person is a fantastic way to make a difference and give back to your community, and you’ll be part of our brilliant community of volunteers. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!”

“I really like the fact that, throughout the weeks at ReachOut, I can see my mentee coming out of her shell and believing in herself that she can do it.”

ReachOut Mentor

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CASE STUDY

“At first, I was really hesitant to take on the Project Leader role, despite having mentored with ReachOut. However, with the support of the team I’ve really developed my skills. For example, at the Mentee Graduation, I stood up in front of 200 people and presented an award which is something I would never ever have been able to have done before, and isn’t an opportunity I could gain in my other situations.”

Amy McCutcheon, Project Leader at ReachOut Academy, Dean Trust Ardwick, Manchester.

CASE STUDY 03

“Being able to spend the summer working at Rede Partners, was an amazing experience. Whether it was working in HR or Finance, I learned so much about the world of private equity, made great connections with fantastic people and I got to learn first-hand what it would be like to work there! I really believe that I can go onto build the career I want now I’ve been a part for a workplace for real”

Victor Adekunle, 18 years old, ReachOut Ambassador, London

CASE STUDY 02

“When I first my mentee, she was very reluctant to participate in the sessions. Now, I see a completely different person! Her confidence has grown and she is happy to join in! She still has some self-doubt when it comes to academic work, but that’s what I hope to help her overcome, because she is a very bright person!

Through mentoring, I’ve learnt I’m a lot more patient than I realised. There will be days where she refuses to participate and those are the days that I really see the importance of the character strengths, for both the mentees and the mentors. It also makes it easier for the mentee to understand the character strengths, when I use them myself”

Myrtle, ReachOut Club mentor at Tufnell Primary School, London

CASE STUDY 01

“There are more distractions than ever outside of school, and the commitment of our students to attend ReachOut sessions is testament to the value they place on the relationships they foster there, and the challenge and enjoyment they provide.

ReachOut’s focus on communication skills and character development has become an important aspect of our provision of support for these students. The opportunity to relate to a positive role- model other than their usual teachers is key to the programme’s impact, and the evidence of this has been seen in the students’ attendance, resilience and to their overall progress across all the subjects in the school.”

Thomas Janvrin, Assistant Vice Principal at the Petchey Academy London