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

Many of the events we normally deliver in school and on campus are designed around the valuable input of university student volunteers. These events usually include school-based workshops, campus visits and conferences held at universities in and around Edinburgh. As a LEAPS volunteer you would play a vital role, working with small groups of pupils in structured workshops led by LEAPS staff. 

The LEAPS volunteering programme usually takes place between November and March each year. However due to Covid-19 we are unable to run any school workshops or events involving Student Volunteers in November or December 2020. We are currently working on the possible return of our schools programme from January 2021. At this stage we are unsure if we will be able to deliver workshops in schools and on university campus, as we have done in the past, or if we will be delivering our workshops and support virtually. We really look forward to working with new and returning LEAPS volunteers from January 2021 but please check back here in mid-November for an update on training and future plans. 

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. Take part in LEAPS Volunteer Training  

We hope to offer LEAPS Volunteer Training in Novermber/early December for new LEAPS Volunteers. This is likely to be online training initially but may include a session on campus in January if possible. Please check back here in mid-November for an update. Taking part in LEAPS Volunteer Training doesn’t commit you to becoming a LEAPS volunteer – it’s more a case of taking part to see if you think it’s the volunteering opportunity you are looking for.

We will cover the type of events volunteers can get involved in from January 2021, the pupils you will be working with and what your role would be in a school workshop or campus based event. We would also be able to give you more information on whether your contibution will be in person or delivered virtually. You will 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. 

2. Register as a LEAPS Volunteer

If you decide that you might like to get involved as a LEAPS volunteer, then we normally 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 Training,

Once you have completed the online Volunteer Registration form and before you take part in your first LEAPS workshop in school or on university campus we would normally recommend that you look in more detail at the LEAPS Volunteer Handbook. You will find a copy of last year's Volunteer Handbook here. This information will be updated for January 2021.

 

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

Shortly after taking part in training, we normally encourage registered volunteers to try out a few workshops in schools and/or on campus at a date that suits them. Some of the events from January 2021 may be virtual events but regardless of the type of workshops/events we deliver, they will always be well staffed by the LEAPS team and volunteers will be well supported.

Workshops in local schools and events on campus are normally posted on a monthly basis on our online Volunteer Noticeboard and we will continue to post our events here in this way from January 2021.  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 we will email you in November/early December to update you on our plans. We may ask you to take part in Volunteer Training in December/January, particularly if we will be delivering some of our workshops virtually in 2021. All workshops or events that we run for schools will be posted on the online Volunteer Noticeboardfrom January 2021. You will be able to sign up for workshops/events you would like to take part in by emailing us on the address below, as you have done in the past.

 

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