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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 normally runs from November to March each year.  

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 Session 

We normally deliver our LEAPS Volunteer Information and Training Sessions in October at a number of local univerisities in Edinburgh and at the University of Stirling.  Please check back here in late September for an update on the timing of these sessions.

Attending a LEAPS Volunteer Training and Information Session 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.

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 session at any university - it doesn't have to be your own.

 

2. Register as a LEAPS Volunteer

If you decide that 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 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. 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 normally 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. 

 

4. Already a LEAPS Volunteer ?

If you are already a registered LEAPS volunteer and would like to continue volunteering  in 2020/2021 all you have to do is complete an online registration form so that we can collect your up-to-date contact details. We'll email you with a link in late September/early October.  There is no need for your attend any further Volunteer Training and Information Sessions. Workshops in schools/on campus normally begin in early November and will be posted on the online Volunteer Noticeboard from October. You can sign up for any workshops/events you would like to attend by emailing us on the address below.

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