New volunteering opportunities in Swindon and Bristol

Both are opportunities to work with school pupils.

Youth at Risk are looking for Performance Coaches to help vulnerable teenagers at Swindon Academy to achieve their full potential.  The coaches will form part of the Coaching for Success programme, which is due to start in September.

The programme is aimed at supporting young people, aged 15-16 in achieving their full potential through training in the areas of responsibility, possibility and relationships.  It's an opportunity to support a small group of pupils to find the motivation to stay at school and help them in their future careers.

The closing date for anyone wishing to take part is 1 September. Full training will be provided over 2 days on 20 & 21 September.  Meeting and coaching the young people takes place on a monthly basis from 16 October for a period of 5 months.

For further information, send an email to Involve Swindon.


In Bristol, Ablaze are looking for volunteers to support primary school children at Meadowbrook School in Bradley Stoke with their literacy and numeracy skills, via their Reading Buddies and Number Partners programmes.

Schools can identify a large number of children who will respond to one to one sessions with an adult. These children are unlikely to develop an enjoyment of literacy and numberacy independently without this motivation.  Once a child's confidence and enjoyment of learning is boosted, they will be on the way to developing their potential through access to literacy and numeracy skills. Evaluations show progress is accelerated and teachers acknowledge that they could not provide this level of one-to-one attention to so many students.

The commitment is a weekly or forthnightly 30 minute meeting with a pupil, during term time.  All volunteers receive a 2 hour training session and will need to compete an enhanced DBS check.

If you want to know more or are keen to get involved, contact Sally Ridley, Ablaze's Partnership Manager on 07896 683858.

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