Employee Volunteering Opportunities

Career Speed Networking

Can you volunteer one morning to talk to young people about your work?

Share your career experiences with young people in Lewisham. ER Events are running two careers speed networking sessions to talk help students decide what GCSE options to select.

  • Wednesday 4th March School – Trinity School, Taunton Road London SE12 8PD – Arrival and refreshments: 08:45, Networking Start Time: 09.15 – 12.50, 120 students visiting per session)
  • Thursday 19th MarchSchool: Addey and Stanhope School, 472 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TJ – Arrival and refreshments: 08.40 – Networking Start Time: 09.05 – 12.45 – ​120 students visiting per session

If you can attend, you would talk to small groups of students for around six minutes before a whistle is blown and you talk to the next group of students.  The aim is to tell them about the skills and qualifications you need to pursue a career in your job role.  If you have any “props” relating to your role, please bring them along – if not, don’t worry. If you think you can help, please contact Ellie at Employment Ready on ellie@erevents.co.uk.

Mock Interviews

Mock Interviews are carried out on a 1-on-1 basis for Years 10 & 11. It gives students the opportunity to prepare for future interviews and recognise, develop and apply their skills for future employment. A fun and rewarding way to help a young person develop their work place skills. By coming into school, it provides students with the vital contact with external professionals that they might not get anywhere else.

Contact ER Events for future dates or get in touch with ellie@erevents.co.uk


Be a Career Role Model

Positive Role Models can make a big impact on a young person’s life. Role model seminars happen in Lewisham schools, taking professionals from all walks of life to provide inspiration and raise aspirations. A panel of professionals talk about their journey to success and any obstacles they have overcome. Following this, young people are given a chance to meet a number of role models in small groups in speed mentoring sessions. Students are able to ask questions to the one or more role models available and get more tips and ideas on how to progress into that career path.

Why not come along and share your path to success and inspire young people?

If you’d like to know more about Role Model Seminars, please find out more!


Mentor a Young Person

XLP

Mentoring is a key element of XLP’s work. It is a simple but highly effective way of engaging with young people who are struggling in life for a variety of reasons. Mentoring helps young vulnerable young people to improve their life skills, avoid educational failure and relate positively to their peers and communities and choose alternatives to gang culture. XLP started the XL-Mentoring Project in 2008, which focuses on at-risk young people aged 11-18 who are on the verge of exclusion or have been excluded from school, and/or are at risk of involvement or already involved in gangs, crime and anti-social behaviour. They are referred to the project by schools, pupil referral units, youth services or the police.

Please contact Claude.murray@xlp.org.uk for more information

Click here for an overview of XLP’s mentoring programme. All applicants will have to undergo an Enhanced DBS check.


Urban Synergy

Urban Synergy’s mentoring programme focuses on 11-16 year olds who are paired with trained volunteer mentors. Our mentees are referred parents, schools, Youth Inclusion Support Panels and community organisations. Urban Synergy’s mentoring programme meets the Approved Provider Standard of the Mentoring + Befriending Foundation.

Please contact coordinator@urbansynergy.com or click here for more information on Urban Synergy’s mentoring programme.

Please note, all applicants will have to undergo an Enhanced DBS check.


What are the benefits of Employee Volunteering?

Attracting and Retaining Staff – 61% of millennials said a company’s commitment to the community would influence their career choice.¹

Engaging the Workforce – 60% of professionals aren’t inspired, motivated and invested in their work.²

Developing Skills  – 65% to 80% of employee volunteers report increased teamwork, leadership and communication skills. A study by YouGov also reported that 96% of managers felt volunteering enhanced skills.³

Building Brand Awareness – 50% of global consumers said they would be willing to reward companies that give back to society by paying more for their goods and services.4

Contact Us

Please contact hello@lewishamlocal.com if you are interested in hearing more.

Appendix

Benefacto – The Employee Volunteering Business Case

  1. Deloitte (2011) “Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT
  2. Harvard Business Review (2012) “Positive Intelligence & Willis Towers Watson (2014) “The 2014 Global Workforce Study” & YouGov (2010) “Volunteering is the Business
  3. SMF (2010) ”More than CV Points?”
  4. Nielson (2013) “Customers Who Care


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