Mentor young people through activity and sport sessions in a local secondary school.
What is Active?
Active is a national Student Hubs programme which aims to improve local secondary school children’s self-esteem, motivation and attainment through sports and activity-based mentoring sessions. Mentoring takes place over 6 weeks in a local school and students are paired 1:1 with a mentee. You will engage in different activities and conversations with your mentee over the course of 2 hour sessions, with the support of our staff-led activities and the Active handbook.
We are working to finalise our secondary school partner(s) for this programme, which will be starting this late this term. All mentoring slots will take place on Monday-Friday, likely between 3:00pm-8:00pm.
We expect at least one term of volunteering, which typically involves 2 hours a week of mentoring for at least 6 weeks (across this term and next term), with an induction before your placement starts.
Volunteers may also take part in similar programmes, such as Branch Up Active, Saturday activity days for 11-14 year olds which runs throughout the year, or Empower, our mentoring programme which runs in semester one.
Skills and employability
Resilience, safeguarding, working with children with complex needs, confidentiality, disclosure, communication, teamwork, leadership, flexibility, time management, behaviour management, event management are all skills you will gain by taking part in Active. This volunteering opportunity is excellent for anyone who wants experience working in schools and with young people, or is exploring a career in education/youth work.
Training and support
All of our programmes are supported by students and staff. As part of Active, you will have the staff team (Southampton Hub Manager and the Youth Projects Officer) and student Coordinator to speak to.
The staff team will be leading on your selection workshop, initial training and additional training provision (behaviour management, routes into education etc) throughout your placement, as well as any issues with your school placement. The staff team will be in touch with you during your placement to get mid-year and end of year feedback, which is required from all volunteers. Volunteers will also be debriefed about any issues with their mentee which they may want the school to support or follow up from.
Active is committed to being an inclusive programme, and encourages all students to get involved. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, selection workshops, training sessions, your volunteering placement, and other activities on a case-by-case basis. We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including if you want to disclose a disability or special educational needs, please do get in touch with Sophie at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.
Volunteering with Active won't cost you
We reimburse all Southampton Hub volunteers' travel expenses, including bus and car travel, throughout the project.
Why not volunteer with a friend?
Volunteering for Southampton Hub is social and you'll have the chance to meet many like-minded people, but why not ask a friend to sign up with you too?