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.
Please note students in second year and above 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.
Our 2018 LEAPS Volunteer Information and Training Sessions will take place in October and November:
Thursday 11 October 2018 - University of Edinburgh, Appleton Tower, Room 2.14 - 6-8pm
Tuesday 16 October 2018 - Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus, Hugh Nisbet Building, Lecture Theatre 2 - 6-8pm
Monday 22 October 2018 - Edinburgh Napier University, Merchiston Campus, Room E7 - 6-8pm
Tuesday 23 October 2018 - University of Edinburgh, David Hume Tower, Room LG.07 - 6-8pm
Wednesday 7 November 2018 - University of Stirling, Cottrell Building, Room 2x4/2x6 - 6-8pm
Please complete the form below to register for a LEAPS Volunteer Information and Training Session
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.