How can you help?
Are you interested in transforming the life chances of vulnerable children and young people? Do you want to make a change in your community? Do you want to learn more about how to support those with social, emotional, and mental health needs?
If so, Unlocking Potential may be the place for you!
We are looking for volunteers to work in the community, support children in schools, and act as mentors to young adults. Our charity is constantly evolving and opportunities to volunteer are as well. If you have a specific skill, passion, or expertise that you think might help marginalised children and young people, we would love to hear from too!
Read on to find more about what specific opportunities we have, kind of people we are looking for and what kind of benefits volunteering has on our community.
You can volunteer with the Schools programme in a London Primary School doing a wide variety of creative, fun activities including art and craft sessions, supporting children in-class, reading help, running cooking groups, sports or team-building sessions. These different activities all support the children’s social and emotional skills necessary for them to thrive in the school setting and beyond. Our Schools Programme volunteers are hugely appreciated by both the children and the school staff, and they play a very important role in Unlocking Potential’s work.
SideBeSide is a school-based therapeutic service that benefits the whole school community by being available to all children and, where helpful, to parents/carers. It offers consistent, comprehensive and high-quality support to children who are affected by social, emotional or mental health needs.
Young Adults Programme
As a volunteer with the Young Adults programme, you are matched to an 18-25 year old where your role is to be a safe, reliable and trusted adult in their life. You will meet and make contact with the young adult on a regular basis. As part of the role you have the opportunity to give positive experiences to the young adult, such as a trip to a theatre, museum or gallery, experiences the young adult may not have had before which can provide them with cultural capital.
The Young Adults programme supports 18-25 year olds whose start in life has created complex challenges. Our young adults come to us having experienced social deprivation, emotional trauma and very often, through no fault of their own, educational failure. We empower them, build confidence and enable them to develop the skills they need to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives.
What type of people are we looking for?
Volunteers must be reliable, committed, empathic and caring. It would be preferable if you have prior experience of supporting children and young adults but is not essential.
How does volunteering make a difference?
- It gives a child or young adult a positive role model who offers support and encouragement
- It can help a child or young adult identify their skills and talents, give them a chance to shine and reach their potential
- It gives the child or young adult new experiences and a different perspective on life
How can volunteering benefit me?
- Access ongoing training and support from Unlocking Potential
- Develop self-confidence and creativity in supporting children and young adults
- Broaden your own horizons and experience other perspectives
Contact Jess to learn more about volunteering with Unlocking Potential:
Jessica Blenman: Jessica.Blenman@up.org.uk