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IntoUniversity provides local learning centres in disadvantaged areas where young people are inspired to achieve. The charity aims to address underachievement and social exclusion among young people by offering an integrated programme of out-of-school study, mentoring, aspirational coaching, personal support and, in partnership with schools and universities, a specially devised FOCUS programme.

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Volunteering Opportunities
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Established in 2002, IntoUniversity works to raise the aspirations and attainment of young people in socially disadvantaged areas. We have 31 centres and extension projects across England, that provide Academic Support, primary and secondary school workshops, university application support and mentoring for young people. Our Coventry Centre, opened in 2018, in partnership with the University of Warwick and already has made a massive difference to the lives of hundreds of young people.

We have an exclusive opportunity for University of Warwick students to act as mentors in supporting our young people to achieve their academic, social and future goals. You will meet at least once every two weeks for 1-15.hrs based on you and your mentee’s shared availability.

Acting as a role model, you will support their learning, increase their knowledge of university and boost their confidence. Providing 1:1 support you will see the young person develop over the year, evidencing your contribution to their future success.

Mentors will gain skills in leadership, communication and problem solving while making a real difference to the life chances of their mentee. This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in working in education or who would like to gain experience working with young people.

IntoUniversity will always follow the Covid-19 government guidelines for educational establishments and is taking the necessary measures to ensure the safety of our students, staff and volunteers. We know that face to face mentoring makes the greatest impact for our young people but where it is deemed appropriate, we may conduct our mentoring programme remotely through video calls or suspend the meetings. We will maintain regular communication with volunteers and would be happy to provide further information or clarification to prospective volunteers.

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Location
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IntoUniversity Coventry

St Peter’s Centre,

Charles Street,

Coventry

CV1 5NP

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Time Commitment
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Minimum of 1-1.5 hrs a fortnight. Pairs may meet weekly and we are flexible around the demands of your course e.g. pausing during exams.

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Requirements
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Volunteers would need the following:

- Passion for working with young people

- Ability to non-judgmentally listen

- Passion for aiding social mobility

- Ability to motivate and enthuse others

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Training
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Initial training is 3 hours and covers all elements of the role as well as a general introduction to IntoUniversity and a one hour section on safeguarding.

A reflection guide is used as well as regular one to ones and additional training as and when is necessary.

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[Photo courtesy of IntoUniversity]

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This is an external opportunity
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Warwick Volunteers cannot be held responsible for external volunteering opportunities advertised, but we do make every effort to ensure that all the information we publish is accurate. We advise volunteers to use their own judgement when selecting potential opportunities, and to check all details concerning prospective volunteering activity with the organisation involved. Please make sure that you have received all necessary training and information regarding your own health and safety before commencing volunteering.

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How to get involved
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If you are interested in volunteering please complete the sign up form.

If you have any questions you can contact Andy Ashe on andy.ashe@intouniversity.org or visit: www.intouniversity.org

This is an external project Warwick Volunteers does not have any involvement with the management of these activities.