Full-time Volunteer Mentor
For a full academic year our volunteers act as role models and mentors to children in schools in disadvantaged communities, helping them to reach their full potential.
City Year UK's volunteers are integral to the school day. As part of a team of other volunteers, they encourage pupils both in and out of the classroom to engage with and enjoy learning, providing one-one and small group support in class and running breakfast and after school clubs.
As role models, volunteers are uniquely well-placed to create meaningful relationships with children who need help to do well at school. They bring a new perspective to learning and boost pupils’ confidence, while improving behaviour, creating no-bullying cultures and helping pupils to feel safe, empowered and happy.
Our volunteer mentors come from a wide range of backgrounds but are united in one common goal: to better themselves and to better the lives of children. Every experience is unique but there are universal themes that characterise what you will get out of City Year: a challenge; an adventure; a learning experience; a career boost; leadership development; a lot of fun; friendships for life; and last but not least, the chance to tackle educational inequality, one of the biggest social issues in the UK.
Everyone has a story – read some of ours on our website
Inside school (Monday - Thursday and some Fridays, during term time only)
- Build meaningful trusting, coaching relationships with targeted pupils to tackle frustration, isolation, anger, low self-esteem, attention seeking and distraction before they lead to acting out in the form of disruptive or negative behaviour
- When required, work alone with a designated list of pupils requiring more intensive one-one mentoring support. Run a range of interventions in English and maths using teaching and learning content provided by the school
- Support teachers in class by working at tables of four or five pupils
- Model good behaviour for all children in classrooms, corridors and outside areas through structured break time activities, eating lunch with pupils and reinforcing school expectations
- Help encourage attendance and punctuality in all pupils
- Encourage library use, supervise homework or study clubs
- Supervise fun before-school activities for the whole school such as breakfast clubs to get pupils energised and ready for school.
- Run a range of extra curricular clubs, e.g sports, music, homework, debating etc to help build children’s confidence.
- Support the school with the creation of displays, the coordination of special events and trips, the sorting or marking of books or materials, or the entry of valuable pupil data
- Plan special projects to engage parents and the local community
Outside school (Monday - Friday, during term time only)
- Attend occasional training, coaching and career development sessions outside of school
- Represent City Year at external events with our business partners or influential figures to help raise our profile
- Attend recruitment events to inspire and tell prospective volunteers all about what they’re signing up for
- Take part in volunteering days with our funders
- Work shadowing opportunities with our staff and business partners
- Access to a mentor
You will be line managed on site by one of our school-based programme staff team who will have oversight of your day-to-day training and development in and outside of school.
The City Year UK volunteer role is full-time, Monday to Friday during term time only. You will not be volunteering with City Year outside of term time ie. weekends, Bank Holidays or during school holidays. A typical school day begins between 7.30am and 8am (depending on your school or rota arrangements with your team). During term time you need to be available from first thing in the morning until 5pm.
As you are a volunteer, rather than an employee, we are able to offer you some support to help you during your City Year. You will be entitled to claim reimbursed living expenses up to £4,400 a year in London and £100 personal expenses every week during term time or £3,960 in West Midlands and Greater Manchester and £90 personal expenses every week during term time. This is not a salary and should not affect the receipt of state benefits (if applicable to your personal situation) for things like housing, free prescriptions etc. In addition to living expenses, we will reimburse the exact amount of money that you will spend on using the most reasonable method of transport to get to and from your school and the City Year office.
Appointment is subject to clearance through the Disclosure and Barring Service and receipt of satisfactory references. The voluntary work you will be undertaking will involve contact with children and young people which by law is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. You are not entitled to withhold information and must declare all convictions, including spent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings. Any information given will be completely confidential and will be considered only in relation to any application or positions to which the order applies.
For more information about the programme you can ask us a question on Twitter @CityYearUK.
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