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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. 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 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.

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.

There will be experienced LEAPS volunteers to chat to and 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.

Our most recent  LEAPS Volunteer Information and Training Sessions took place in October - 

Thursday 12 October 2017 - University of Edinburgh, David Hume Tower Room LG07 - 6-7.30pm
Monday 16 October 2017 - Edinburgh Napier University, Merchiston Campus, Room F11 - 6-7.30pm
Tuesday 24 October 2017 - Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus, Scott Russell, Room 114 - 6.15-7.45pm 
Monday 30 October 2017 - University of Edinburgh, David Hume Tower, Room LG11 - 6-7.30pm

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

2. Register as a LEAPS Volunteer

If, after attending a LEAPS Volunteer Information and Training Session, 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 Session.

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.

Find out more about volunteering with LEAPS here.