Our Future – a project supporting primary schools across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

We are looking for people who are passionate about helping children in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to broaden their horizons and raise their aspirations.

The children across the region are an inquisitive bunch. During an assembly where they had to guess volunteers’ jobs they had lots of questions and as one teacher put it, “It really got them thinking about people/peers and what they find good about them. It gave them a sense of worth and motivation to be what they want to be!”. These children represent the future talent, the future engineers, key workers, digital designers and citizens of the city. Nurturing their natural ambitions, whilst broadening their horizons and tackling potentially held stereotypes about the jobs they could do in the area is crucial for the region’s future success.

The Our Future Project helps primary schools make links with the world of work via a range of engaging activities. These can be virtual or face to face and can involve one hour or one day – the choice is yours depending on how much time you wish to commit. Our team takes the lead and will be on hand before and during the activity. Whatever your seniority level, job role or experience, you’ll be surprised what an impact sharing your story will make.

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Watch our video below and get a flavour for what the project is all about.

When asked about their future job ideas, 68% of children in the schools taking part in the project were influenced by their parents or other close relatives. After taking part in an activity, many children reported they had been influenced by the volunteers they met and 81% said they had learnt about five or more jobs as a result of the activities.

Having the opportunity at school to meet a wide range of people doing different jobs is really important, so volunteers can be from any background and work or have worked, in any sector. You may be a parent (or family member) willing to work with the school your children go toa past student that would love to help pupils in their old school or just want to give something back to your community. Whatever your motivation we would love you to get involved. Read the case studies on the right of the page to hear from three of our volunteers.

If you are interested you can sign up to the programme or for an informal chat get in touch with our Volunteer Manager, Victoria York.

Two boys look at toy wiring equipment. A volunteer sits on the floor next to them. Three children look at toy wiring equipment. A volunteer sits on the floor next to them.

The Our Future Project was launched in partnership with Derby City Council, and made possible with funding from the Department for Education’s ‘Opportunity Area Programme’. Project delivery partners include Learn by Design  and dmh associates with research led by Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE.