Volunteering can make a real difference to the lives around you, whilst adding something great to your life and of course your CV! We want to ensure that Civil Servant volunteers who are thinking about giving some of their time to a school can find an opportunity which is right for them.
If you want to see the type of impact that can be made, click on this story for more inspiration!
How you can get involved: We currently have a number of volunteering options to help engage young people in Schools:
Engaging our Schools - this is part of CS Local national programme offering Civil Servants the chance to work with school students over a 6 week period to impart employability skills and instil confidence. An example of this is with a school in Birmingham: George Dixon School - Engaging Young People
Current opportunities in Schools are:
- Quintin Kynaston Community Academy - St. John's Wood, NW8 (this will be with Year 12 students)
- Langdon Park School - Poplar, East London, E14
- There will be upcoming opportunities with Schools in Southall (West London)
Please contact us if you would like to get involved with these or any future opportunities.
Inspire – Become a Mentor!
Mentoring is one way to make a positive difference to someone else's life while developing your own skills and confidence.
The Home Office have collaborated with schools in Southall, West London to develop a unique mentoring programme that will benefit both the students and the mentor. The programme will enable civil servants to mentor students over an academic year, helping the students build their confidence, raise their aspirations and assist them in building key skills which will benefit them in their future, either in employment or further education.
As a mentor you will benefit from developing your communication skills, develop leadership and management qualities and increase your confidence and motivation. All this as well as giving a sense of fulfilment and personal achievement.
This opportunity is open to all staff at all grades from all departments who believe that they can inspire others to achieve their full potential. If you are interested in becoming a mentor please contact us for more information.
Mock interviews – preparing the future generation for the world of work
We provide up to about 25 volunteers to deliver these events at a school. Depending on the year group, the sessions can include elements of one to one coaching with each candidate having between 30 and 60 minutes, including an interview and feedback.
We ran a highly successful day at Bristol Metropolitan Academy with 24 volunteers interviewing 150 Year 10 students. Another good example of this is with t2 Academy - mock interviews .
If you are interested in participating please contact us.
Volunteering as a governor is another great way to contribute to your local community and is practical way to use your skills and experience to improve the lives of children. Please see our blog for more details and if this is of interest to you please contact us.
Finally, we would like to hear from you!
If you know of a Secondary School in your local area that would be interested in a programme like this or are interested in any of the above opportunities please drop us an email.