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.
Fridays are spent out of school where they meet as a group to reflect on shared experiences and benefit from specialist leadership development training, coaching and career guidance, as well as networking opportunities and access to a mentor. This is all designed to help our volunteers secure employment or progress to higher education after their City Year.
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.
Volunteers embody a powerful culture which runs through everything they do, and our distinctive uniform helps them be highly visible role models around the school and wider community.
- 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 1:1 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 Friday 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
On Monday to Thursday you will be in school, while on Fridays you will come together as a group in an environment away from the classroom to share and reflect on your school experiences. You’ll also continue to develop your leadership potential through training, coaching, networking events and career development opportunities, all designed to enable you to confidently transition from education into employment, training or further education.
- Improve social and educational outcomes for children in a tangible way.
- Gain key life skills such as public speaking, problem-solving, communication and resilience
- Boost your CV and networks and explore career options in the public, private or charity sector
City Year UK challenges 18 to 25-year-olds to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time volunteering in schools across London, West Midlands and Greater Manchester. As mentors, tutors and role models in schools, they support pupils growing up in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the UK.
City Year is a life-changing experience. As well as having a huge impact on the lives of children, it’s a chance to invest in yourself and your future. It’s a year to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and develop the skills to become a self-confident leader with the dedication, passion and values to stand out from the crowd.
To be eligible you will need to be:
- Passionate, committed and have the emotional maturity to work with disadvantaged young children
- Aged 18-25 when you start volunteering
- Eligible to live and work in the EU for a year
- Live in the Greater Manchester, the West Midlands or London area during your year of service
- Desire and ability to be a role model for others (essential)
- Experience working - whether voluntary or paid - with children or young people (desirable)
- Good written and verbal communication (essential)
- Responsible in nature (essential)
- Willing to demonstrate taking the initiative (essential)
- Committed and willing to push through challenges (essential)
- Empathetic, reflective and thoughtful (essential)
- Self-aware and open to learning (essential)
- Adaptable and willing to challenge own comfort zone (essential)
- Organised (essential)
Qualifications and experience requirements
City Year UK is built on inclusivity. It’s open to any 18 to 25-year-old with a minimum level-three qualification (A-level or equivalent). What makes our young people extraordinary is their ambition to improve the lives of children, a willingness to stand up as a role model, the desire to keep learning themselves and the determination and resilience to complete the year.
Accepted degree subjects
Greater Manchester · London · West Midlands
Contract and working hours
Fixed term · Full-time
How to apply
Closing date: Continuous recruitment
This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 15/01/2018