Volunteer With Us

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with The ClementJames Centre. Volunteers are an integral part of our charity and we really appreciate and rely on their contributions to our work with young people and adults.

Volunteering provides an exciting opportunity to share your experiences, inspire our students or simply learn together.

Please have a look at our leaflet detailing current volunteering opportunities: Volunteering Leaflet

The following schemes all require support from volunteers, and your help could prove invaluable:

 

  • Help Primary and secondary students with their homework at Academic Support
  • Deliver a one-off career workshop
  • Provide a meaningful work experience placement
  • Develop a Corporate Partnership with us
  • Undertake a team-building challenge to benefit the charity
  • Gain experience for your own career development through our Internship programme
  • Provide advice in a particular area of expertise
  • Become a trustee

 

Volunteer with Young People

Academic Support

Volunteer Tutors are needed at our after-school Academic Support programme to help primary and secondary students with their homework. Sessions take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 3.30 and 6pm. Previous experience is not necessary and training and induction will be provided.

If you would like to get involved as a Volunteer Academic Support Tutor, please email Hannah on hannahs@clementjames.org

University Student Mentoring

If you are currently studying at the University of London then another option is becoming a mentor for one of our students. This would involve being paired with a student, meeting them to help with homework and supporting them in their educational aspirations. There is a training programme for this commitment.

If you would like to get involved as a volunteer mentor, please email Hannah on hannahs@clementjames.org

Buddy Days

Buddy Days are a personalised introduction to university for Year 8 students who might not otherwise know about the options open to them. We currently work in partnership with Imperial, LSE, UCL, Queen Mary and the University of Arts London and seek students from these universities to mentor our young people during a series of workshops. Please email Hannah on hannahs@clementjames.org to find out more.

Careers-in-FOCUS

This programme introduces young people to various different career options by inviting professionals to a centre to talk about their experiences and take part in a hands-on workshop with secondary students. This is a one-off commitment. Please email Hannah on hannahs@clementjames.org to find out more.

Futures Fast Track

Combining face-to-face meetings and e-mentoring, Futures Fast Track aims to help young people and adults develop a solid CV, gain interview experience, improve written and verbal skills and build confidence. Please email Hannah on hannahs@clementjames.org to find out more.

 

Volunteer with Adults

Become a Mentor

We are setting up a mentoring scheme for our IntoWork clients. In order to make this scheme a success, we are seeking volunteer mentors to provide non-judgmental support and guidance to our clients, to help them on their path to sustainable employment.

The role of our volunteer mentors will be to work with our clients to raise their effectiveness and self-awareness, in order to close the gap between their current situation and their potential. As a mentor your responsibilities would be to listen and provide non-judgemental support, help your mentee set realistic goals, and pass on your knowledge and experience. Mentors must be able to commit to twice monthly meetings (at a time which suits you and your mentee) for a period of three months.

If you are interested in becoming an IntoWork mentor please email Fiona on fiona@clementjames.org

Also check out our information leaflet on our website’s News page.

Other ways you can get involved supporting our adult clients and students
We are always looking for ways to increase the support and opportunities that we can offer our IntoWork clients. Over the years our clients and staff have benefitted greatly from the extra insight, ideas and support that volunteers can provide.

Here are a few ways you could get involved:

Could you provide ad hoc support? Volunteer some time to help a client with:
– Interview preparation and practice
– Writing an application
– Creating and improving their LinkedIn
– Brushing up their skills with specific computer programmes
….and more.

 
Are you an expert? Could you provide advice and guidance on particular issues?
– Legal advice
– Housing advice
– Immigration advice
– Tax / self employment advice

 
Do you have a skill you would like to share? Could you help facilitate a workshop for a group of clients?
– Arts and crafts / photography
– Creative writing / poetry
– Yoga / Pilates
– Budgeting
– Cooking / healthy eating
– Communication
…any ideas welcome!

Could you help support someone with their literacy and/or numeracy?

Our Community Hub are currently looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to work 1-2-1 with our adult learners and school students for an hour a week.

Please contact: Fiona on fiona@clementjames.org

Work Experience

Meaningful work experience has the power to provide a valuable addition to an adult’s C.V. and to even shape a young person’s aspirations. We are always keen to speak to partners who would like to host a highly motivated young person or adult with a specific interest in that area of work.

Please email Howard on howard@clementjames.org (adults) or Hannah on hannahs@clementjames.org (young people) to find out more.

Developing a Corporate Partnership with us

A key part of the Into-Work programme is developing links with Businesses and other organisations to help broker job opportunities, work placements, mentors and organise career specific training for our clients.

A few of our current partnerships include:

• Working with Bouygues a multi-national building company to find jobs for local people at the Aldridge Academy and Kensington and Chelsea Leisure centre building site.
• Working with NatWest’s Business loans team to help provide local residents with business start-up advice.
• Working with Local Housing Associations and RBKC council to provide support to their residents as part of the Worklessness Project
• Working with Kew Gardens to recruit young people for their Historic Glasshouses Apprenticeship scheme.
• Working with Jak Studio to provide work experience placements in Architecture and Graphic Design

Team Building

Some of our corporate partners have undertaken one-off challenges which have helped to draw their staff together as a team at the same time as greatly benefiting our charity. Previous team-building experiences have included a superheroes fun run, a DIY day and leadership training. For more information, please email Howard on howard@clementjames.org

 

Advice from people with expertise

We are seeking volunteers to give advice in areas of particular expertise or to provide access to business networks? This might be one-off advice or for a set project within a timeline, or occasional advice when the need arises. We’re also often on the lookout for volunteers to provide one-off staff training workshops in an area of expertise.

Areas of expertise might include:

  • Fundraising
  • I.T.
  • PR and Marketing
  • Law
  • Database management
  • Strategy

If you are interested in this, please email Silke on silke@clementjames.org.

Join our Trustee Board

The Trustee Board meets six times a year with all members willing to be called on informally to offer help as needed. The Board of Trustees has to formally accept nominations.

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