Spire Hub is an aspirational new charity which sets up weekly after school clubs for high-ability students from disadvantaged backgrounds, giving inspiration, individual support and academic resources to enable students to realise their full potential.
They are currently recruiting Mentors for their Willesden and Fulham hubs. If you are able to commit two hours a week for at least a term then this could be for you. This rewarding opportunity looks great on your CV and will allow you to gain some management and leadership experience, develop your communication skills as well as allowing you to play a part in tackling this society wide problem.
We asked one of their current mentors, Laura, a recent Economics graduate from Bristol University, to tell us about her experience of volunteering with Spire Hub.
“My first Spire Hub session last term focused on careers planning. Remembering how much I used to dislike having adults talk to me about ‘The Future’, I was expecting the students to be reluctant discussing their future prospects and was slightly terrified by the thought of talking to a group of teenagers for two hours straight. However once we arrived at the hub and I met my group, I was surprised and impressed at how bright, motivated and outspoken they all were. Having someone who wasn’t a teacher or parent lecturing them about their future allowed the students to open up and be honest about their career and university prospects and surprisingly many of them had ideas of what they wanted to do. Most didn’t have any idea of the steps they’d have to take to get there however.
The session plan handed out before the session helped kick start an animated discussion about their ambitions and the activities provided allowed the students to think of the various concrete ways they could achieve their goals. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by it all, the students really took on board the advice I could give them and many of them were surprised to hear that there were already steps that they could be taking, such as joining after school clubs. I left the session with a real buzz, excited to have contributed in a small way towards helping these students achieve their potential and looking forward to the next session after the summer to hear how they got on.
The Mentor role provides students with guidance and advice about the future and helping them develop important life skills. I was surprised at how rewarding it was, as being with the same group each week allowed me to get to know each student individually and see how they progressed throughout the sessions. The Hub team supports volunteers, providing different and interesting perspectives on how to approach the sessions. The level of commitment each week is manageable and I would recommend mentoring with Spire Hub as a fun way of gaining work experience, building skills and meeting people outside of university.”
If you are interested please contact Holly at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07939575364.