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LEAPS promotes Higher Education while supporting young people in secondary schools in South East Scotland.

Many of the events we deliver in school and on campus are designed around the valuable input of university student volunteers. These events include school-based workshops, campus visits and conferences held at universities in and around Edinburgh. As a LEAPS volunteer you will play a vital role, working with small groups of pupils in structured workshops led by LEAPS staff. Our Schools Programme runs from November to March each year. Find out more about our events here.

If you are interested in becoming a LEAPS volunteer, finding out more and getting started is really easy. All you have to do is;

1. Attend a LEAPS Volunteer Information and Training Drop-In Session

This doesn’t commit you to becoming a LEAPS volunteer – it’s more a case of coming along to see if you think it’s the volunteering opportunity you are looking for.

These sessions are all drop-in sessions where you can come by at any time during the times listed to find out more about LEAPS volunteering*, with the exception of Edinburgh Napier**. We will cover the type of events volunteers get involved in, the pupils you will be working with, and what your role would be in a school workshop or campus based event. You will also receive all the training you need in order to get you started as a LEAPS volunteer, should you wish to do so. 

Please note students in second year and above from these institutions are eligible to contribute as LEAPS volunteers. Students can attend any drop-in session at any university - it doesn't have to be your own.

Date Time Location Room
Monday 13th January 2020 9.00am-3.00pm University of Stirling Venue, Student Union (ReFreshers Welcome Fayre)
Friday 17th January 2020 11.00am-2.30pm* University of Edinburgh (Holyrood Campus) The LEAPS Office, Room 1/06, Old Moray House, Holyrood Road, EH8 8AQ
Monday 20th January 2020 2.30pm-4.30pm* University of Edinburgh (Holyrood Campus) The LEAPS Office, Room 1/06, Old Moray House, Holyrood Road, EH8 8AQ
Tuesday 21st January 2020 1pm-1.30pm** Edinburgh Napier University (Sighthill Campus) Room 3.D.13
Thursday 23rd January 2020 11.00am-2.30pm Queen Margaret University Refectory
Wednesday 29th January 2020 12.00pm-3.00pm Heriot Watt University Zeros, Student Union (Volunteering Fayre)
Thursday 6th February 2020 4.30pm-6.30pm University of Stirling  Pathfoot Dining Room & Oscards areas of Pathfoot Building (First Step Careers Fair)

 

*For the University of Edinburgh sessions, please 'drop-in' on the hour, or on the half hour (e.g. on Friday 17th January - 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm or 2pm) - arriving 5 mins before to start at these times. For all other sessions, except Napier, you can 'drop-in' at any point.

** Please attend for the full half hour presentation.

2. Register as a LEAPS Volunteer

If you decide you might like to get involved as a LEAPS volunteer, then we will ask you to complete an online volunteer registration form and provide details of two referees. More information on this will be given at the Volunteer Information and Training Drop-In Sessions.

Once you have completed the online Volunteer Registration form and before you attend your first LEAPS workshop in school or on university campus we strongly recommend that you look in more detail at the LEAPS Volunteer Handbook 2019-2020. You will find the Volunteer Handbook here.

 

3. Try out a LEAPS workshop and see for yourself!

Shortly after attending a training session, we encourage registered volunteers to try out a few workshops in schools and/or on campus at a date that suits you. Workshops are well staffed by the LEAPS team, and new volunteers have the opportunity to shadow experienced volunteers or pair up with other new volunteers until they feel comfortable leading a small group of pupils on their own.

Workshops in local schools and events on campus run from November to March and are posted on a monthly basis on our online Volunteer Noticeboard. There is no pressure to sign up for a set number of workshops per semester - you can decide how much you get involved. 

 

If you would like any further information, please email us at leapsvolunteers@ed.ac.uk.