Virtual interactive sessions give children and young people the chance to hear from inspiring volunteers like you wherever they are in the UK. By sharing your career story remotely, you can reach pupils in need of motivation and inspiration, encouraging them to see the value in learning, challenge stereotypes, and believe in their future potential.
Teachers have told us that interactions with volunteers from the world of work can help young people who are feeling anxious, demotivated, and fearful of the future. Working closely with teachers and volunteers, we have pioneered virtual interactive sessions which aim to mirror the learning experience of meeting volunteers from the world of work in schools and enable young people to ask questions about their job and career in an engaging yet safe setting. And it’s easier for volunteers and employers to get involved too – you can now inspire students at the click of a button.
The interactive sessions are teacher led, so schools and colleges can decide how best to involve volunteers. They can invite you to take part in a range of different activities from ‘What’s My Line’ assemblies to Career Chats and talks on specific subjects. With Q&As as a major element of the activities, the sessions ensure an interactive and engaging learning experience, enabling children and young people to ask direct questions in real time. We know that safeguarding is priority for schools and volunteers, and we adhere to strict policies, providing guidance and information for students/parents, volunteers and teachers.
Children and young people have said:
- “I learnt how important school subjects such as Maths, English and Science are in order to follow your career choice”
- “It showed me that girls and boys can have the same job”
- “I learnt that I already have skills that will help me in my career”
Teachers have said:
- “The quality of the volunteers’ presentations was excellent – I have already had several students contact me to try and speak to them further!” – Katie Foster, Paulet High School and Sixth Form College
- “[The best part was] the inspiring volunteers who were clearly passionate about their jobs and helping young people.” – Rachael Talbot, King Edward VI College
- “I cannot begin to say how much we loved the session… The volunteers were incredibly inspiring and they had such an impact on the children.”
How do I get involved?
- If you’re not yet signed up as a volunteer with Inspiring the Future, you can do so here.
- If you are already a volunteer with us, simply log into the Inspiring the Future portal, go to ‘Update profile’, go to the ‘Volunteering opportunities’ tab and scroll down to the bottom where it says ‘I am willing to take part in virtual events (for example using Zoom, Microsoft Teams or similar)’. Change the answer to yes and then save your changes at the bottom of the page. This means that teachers coordinating virtual activities will now see your profile in the list and be able to invite you to participate.
- You can also find activities by going to the ‘‘Search for opportunities‘ page, ticking ‘Virtual events’ and looking through activities using the list view.
- Finally, we have a great range of resources available to you on the portal, giving tips on delivering a virtual talk, safeguarding, checklists and more. Find these via the ‘Information Guides’ icon on the portal homepage.
Watch our webinar to find out more about how virtual volunteering works:
We are excited to see you take part in virtual events! If you have any questions about participating or how it works, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.