Educational Mentoring Volunteer Scheme

Are you committed to helping young people make the most of their education? If so you could help support the education needs of young people who are seeking asylum in the UK.

Developed through a partnership with Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers and Redcliffe College, the Educational Mentoring Volunteer Scheme aims to contribute to the support and encouragement of asylum seeking young people in the Gloucester area so that their transition to and progress through the education system is enhanced.

It is recognised that this scheme is only one piece of the puzzle but we hope it will add a further layer of connection and support for these young people.

Interested? Here’s what we’d ask you to commit to:

  • Attend training organised by GARAS (up to four hours)
  • Meet for up to an hour with a young person on a weekly basis, either at GARAS or at a public library
  • An initial three-month period
  • Undergo an enhanced DBS check
  • Provide two references
  • Relate to a scheme organiser, including emailing a brief weekly update and participating in a review process every few months

What would you do in the meetings?

The focus will be on what the young person wants to talk about in relation to their school/college work. You won’t be doing their work for them; neither will you need to do much (if any) preparation. You are a friendly face of encouragement and support.


To find out more about the scheme and to register interest, please contact using the subject line ‘mentoring scheme’.