Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friday! We hope you’ve got on your best hat for Wear A Hat Day today! Meanwhile, our thinking caps are on as we start planning the scholar matches for the new term. In this week’s newsletter, we have details of upcoming workshop facilitator opportunities, a parent interview to watch and volunteer opportunities for the new term. Read on for more!

Workshop facilitators needed for upcoming events
We’re looking for workshop facilitators for our next two events on our Raising Aspirations Programme. The first event is on Monday 15th April from 10am-4pm and will be a visit to Clifford Chance and Queen Mary, University of London. The second event is on Tuesday 16th April from 10am-4pm and will be a visit to Lloyd’s Bank. If you’re interested in working with young people living in care, please contact me and I’ll get in touch to share more details.

Volunteer tutors needed for the new term!
As more applications for the new term roll in, we want to make sure that we can match as many scholars as we can with an English or Maths tutor. We need online volunteer tutors that are available for just one hour a week throughout the 12-week term. If you’re interested in volunteering, please reply to this email, or if you know someone else that could help, please feel free to forward this email to them and they can get in touch through the contact page on our website.

Watch our latest parent interview
We hope you’ve been enjoying our spotlight series! The next spotlight is an interview with a parent of one of the scholars on our Bright Ambitions programme. In this interview, he explains the difference he’s seen in his child’s grades and confidence. He also shares some insight about the value of combining tutoring with mentoring and enrichment. You can watch the full interview here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme is designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about the GT Scholars Programme and how you can make a significant difference in young people’s lives.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Have you seen our latest volunteer spotlight?

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Have you seen our latest volunteer spotlight?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

We hope you’re having a good week! Applications have been rolling in for our programmes and we are looking forward to getting the new term started. In this week’s newsletter, we like to share some more details of how to get involved with upcoming events, another new volunteer spotlight for you to watch and a helpful blog post for you. Read on for more!

Event support needed for young people living in care
The next two events on our Raising Aspirations Programme will be corporate company visits for young people living in care aged 12-15. We are looking for volunteers, workshop facilitators and events coordinators to help on these days.  The first visit is at Clifford Chance on Monday 15th April from 10am-1pm and the second one is at Lloyd’s Bank on Tuesday 16th April also from 10am-1pm. If you’d like to be part of these visits, please contact me and I’ll get in touch to share more details with you.

Spotlight on one of our volunteer tutors
As part of our volunteer spotlight series, we interviewed one of our amazing volunteer tutors, Claire. She is an English tutor who really enjoys seeing the ‘aha’ moments in her scholar during their tutoring sessions and the sense of imparting what she knows to make a difference. We are also excited to tell you that we have upgraded our spotlight interviews to video format and we hope you’ll enjoy watching it here.

5 Quick and Easy Ways to Volunteer with Us
If you are eager to volunteer with us but just don’t have the time  to commit to being a volunteer tutor or mentor, then this latest blog post is for you. It lists 5 quick and easy volunteer opportunities for those who would like to volunteer when they are available but would still like to make a significant impact. You can read the full post here and you can contact me if you’d like to find out more about any of the opportunities.

 

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme is designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about the GT Scholars Programme and how you can make a significant difference in young people’s lives.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Could you feature in the next Volunteer Spotlight?

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Could you feature in the next Volunteer Spotlight?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friday! We’ve had a super busy week here at GT Scholars as we prepare for our new term starting in April. In this week’s newsletter we have a volunteer opportunity for next week, an update on our volunteer spotlight series and more information on the new term.

Volunteer speakers needed for Saturday 23rd March
We are looking for volunteers to be on a panel at the parent and pupil information sessions on Saturday 23rd March 2019. This will involve sharing why you decided to volunteer and what you’ve enjoyed most about supporting a young person. There will be two sessions on that day – the first at 1.30pm-2pm and the other at 3.30pm-4pm, both taking place at Bell House in Dulwich. If you’re able to support, please get in touch with us. You can volunteer for one or both sessions.

Would you like to feature in our Volunteer Spotlight?
Our Volunteer Spotlight series is our way of drawing attention to our amazing volunteers! If you’ve volunteered as a tutor or mentor in the past six months, we’d love for you to feature in our next Spotlight. Please feel free to send me a quick email if you’d like to get involved. We will also be releasing new volunteer spotlight videos in the next few days, so keep an eye out for that!

Volunteer in Term 3tutor
Term 3 is fast approaching and will run from April to June 2019. We are looking for volunteer tutors and mentors for our Bright Ambitions and Headstart programmes. If you are available to volunteer in Term 3, please let me know by sending a quick email and I will get in touch with you once we start the scholar matching process.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme is designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about the GT Scholars Programme and how you can make a significant difference in young people’s lives.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Could you help out at our information sessions?

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Could you help out at our information sessions?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Another week has gone by and we have another jam-packed newsletter for you! We have an upcoming event volunteering opportunity at an information session, several places still available for speakers on our panel, and an interesting read on making the most out of being a volunteer. Read on for more!


Are you available to help on Saturday 23rd March?
We need event volunteers to support us at our information sessions on Saturday 23rd March 2019. These sessions are for parents and pupils who want to find out more about our Bright Ambitions and Head Start Programmes. There will be two sessions on that day – the first at 1.30pm-2pm and the other at 3.30pm-4pm. They will both take place at Bell House in Dulwich. If you’re able to help out for one or both sessions, please get in touch with us.


There’s still places left on our Careers Day panel!
Our 4th annual GT Scholars Career Day will take place on Saturday, 16th March 2019 at Goldsmiths University from 10am to 4pm. There’s still places left on our panel for volunteer speakers who want to inspire young people by sharing career success stories and the different options available to them. If you’re interested, please get in touch with us.

How to make the most out of the volunteering experience
Have you ever thought about how volunteering can make a significant impact on your life as well? This fresh blog post explains how and it lists a few great ways for you to make the most out of your volunteering experience, which will also help you to be an even better volunteer tutor or mentor for your scholar. You can read the full post here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme is designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about the GT Scholars Programme and how you can make a significant difference in young people’s lives.

What is an Enhanced DBS and why do our Volunteer Tutors and Mentors need this?

What is an Enhanced DBS and why do our Volunteer Tutors and Mentors need this?

Volunteers What's new?

Volunteering as a tutor or mentor for young people is a great way to give back to your community, to help young people that require assistance, and to be an inspirational role model.

At GT Scholars we aspire to recruit the best volunteers to tutor and mentor young people. They need to have the right skills, a positive outlook, and the ability to communicate effectively. It is also our responsibility to ensure that all our volunteers have undergone safeguarding training and have completed an Enhanced DBS check. This is to ensure the safety of our scholars.

With the DBS check, we ensure that no unsuitable person will engage with any of the scholars on our programmes. To help you understand more about this DBS check and how the process works, we have answered a few important questions.

What does DBS stand for?
DBS stands for Disclosure and Barring Service. It is merging of the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) and the ISA (Independent Safeguarding Authority) to carry out the same purpose of both organisations under one body.

What is the purpose of a DBS check?
This certificate has been put in place by the government to ensure that unsuitable people do not work with individuals that are vulnerable such as children and young people. It is essential for the safety of all vulnerable groups of people.

Who needs to have a DBS check?
Every job will differ on the type of DBS check they will require from an individual, but any person who wishes to work with children and vulnerable adults will need an enhanced DBS certificate. This is to ensure the safety of these groups.

What are the 3 types of DBS checks?

  • Basic Disclosure – this is more of a criminal record check that may be required for applying for a visa or personal licence
  • Standard DBS – a check that will show all convictions, warnings or cautions on a person’s record and is usually required when applying for a job
  • Enhanced DBS – similar to the standard but this can include any relevant information by the police and this check is required when working with children and vulnerable groups.

How can you get a DBS check?
You can either apply for one directly from the DBS via an online application or you can apply via a responsible organisation that is registered with the DBS.

How much does DBS check cost?
A standard DBS will cost around £30 and an Enhanced DBS around £50. For volunteers, the Enhanced DBS will cost around £10.

What do you need in order to do a DBS check?
A person needs to attach at least 3 documents to their application for a DBS check – one document from Group 1 and two documents from either Group 1, Group 2a or Group 2b.

Group 1 is for primary identity documents such as:

  • Passport
  • Biometric Residence Permit
  • Current Driving Licence
  • Birth Certificate
  • Adoption Certificate

Group 2a is for trusted government documents such as:

  • Current Driving Licence (countries outside the EU excluding Isle of Man and the Channel Islands)
  • Current driving licence paper version – if issued before 1998
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage / Civil Partnership Certificate
  • HM Forces ID Card
  • Firearm Licence

Group 2b is  for financial and social history documents such as:

  • Mortgage statement
  • Financial statements
  • P45 or P60 statements
  • Council Tax Statement
  • Bank or Building society statements
  • Credit card statement
  • Utility bill (not mobile phone bill)
  • Benefit statements such as pension or child benefit
  • Entitlement documents given by a government agency/council
  • Sponsorship letter from future employer – for applicants residing outside the UK during application
  • EU national ID card
  • Cards with PASS accreditation logo – UK, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands
  • Letter from headteacher or college principal – for 16-19-year-old UK citizens in full-time education (exceptional circumstances)
  • Work permit or visa

How often do we need to renew our DBS?
The DBS certificate expires after 3 years, then it will need to be renewed. There is also the option of the DBS Update System that costs approximately £13 per year and will renew the certificate every year from the date of issue.

We hope that after reading this you would understand the need for a DBS check when you volunteer with us. We aspire to create a safe environment for all our scholars and to offer them the best tutors and mentors without any compromise.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Stories of success and upcoming opportunities!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Stories of success and upcoming opportunities!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

We’ve had a busy week at GT Scholars, but we are pleased to tell you that the Ready, Set, Go workshop was a resounding success. Thank you for helping to make it a success! Read on for more stories of success, details about upcoming workshops, and tips for volunteer mentors.

Listen to one of our spotlight interviews
As part of our scholar spotlight series, we recently interviewed a parent of one of the scholars on our Bright Ambitions programme. We are always keen to receive feedback from everyone who is involved in our programmes. This helps to understand our impact so we can make sure that we are making a significant difference in the lives of our scholars. You can listen to the full interview here.

Volunteers and facilitators needed at upcoming workshops
There are still a few workshops coming up this term that you can be a part of. We are looking for volunteers, workshop facilitators and event coordinators to help on Saturday the 16th and 30th of March, and Monday and Tuesday the 15th and 16th of April. All events will run from 10am to 4pm. Please contact us if you’re available to help on any of these dates.

How to make mentoring sessions impactful
Our latest blog post will help volunteer mentors or those interested in becoming a volunteer mentor to make sure their mentee gets the most out of their sessions. It shares 5 useful discussion points to get the sessions started and to keep the mentoring process on the best path. You can read the full post here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme is designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about the GT Scholars Programme and how you can make a significant difference in young people’s lives.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars –  Volunteer Opportunities this February!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Volunteer Opportunities this February!

Friends of GT Scholars

Good Morning! It’s Friday and I hope you’re looking forward to a great weekend! Last week we had our first workshop for this term and we’re really excited about our events lined up in the next few weeks. Read on to find out more!

Can you support us at our upcoming workshops?
We need event volunteers, workshop facilitators, and event coordinators to support us at our next workshop for young people on our Bright Ambitions and Head Start Programme. The workshop will take place at Bell House in Dulwich (SE21 7BG) on Saturday 16th February from 10am-4pm. Please let me know if you’re available to help on this date and I’ll get in touch to share more details with you.

Upcoming events for young people living in care
The next two events on our Raising Aspirations Programme will be university visits for young people living in care aged 12-15. We are looking for volunteers, workshop facilitators and events coordinators to help on these days.  The first visit is at LSE on Monday 18th February from 10am-3pm and the second one is at the University of Westminster on Tuesday 19th February also from 10am-3pm. If you’d like to be part of these visits, please contact me and I’ll get in touch to share more details with you.

Would you like to volunteer as a mentor?
We are busy preparing for the launch of The Young Leaders Programme. This programme is all about supporting young people aged 16 to 18 in developing their leadership skills and in gaining access to top universities or apprenticeships. Young people on this programme will work directly with mentors to achieve their specific goals. The programme will start on Monday 22nd April 2019. Please get in touch if you’re available and would like to get involved and feel free to tell your friends and colleagues about our volunteer opportunities.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme is designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about the GT Scholars Programme and how you can make a significant difference in young people’s lives.