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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. Please note students in second year and above from these institutions are eligible to contribute as LEAPS volunteers.

The LEAPS volunteering programme normally takes place between November and March each year. Unfortunately, due to ongoing Covid-19 mitgations in our Secondary Schools it won't be possible for us to take groups of Student Volunteers from local universities into schools to help deliver workshops in November or December, as we have done in previous years. However, we are hopeful that we will be able to resume workshops in schools from January to April and invite LEAPS Student Volunteers to help faciliate these sessions as they have done in the past. This is, of course, subject to Scottish Government and Local Authority Covid guidelines.  If you are interested in volunteering with LEAPS from January-April 2022 we would encourage you to read the information below and also to revisit these web pages in mid-November where you will find updated information on how to get involved in our training opportunities taking place from December. If you have any queries in the meantime please feel free to contact us by email on leapsvolunteers@ed.ac.uk.

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  

This 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. Our next training opportunities will be available in December and will cover the type of events volunteers typically get involved in.  We will also give you information on the pupils you will be working with, and what your role is likely to be in a school workshop or campus based event.  During training you will hear from some experienced LEAPS volunteers  who will be sharing their experiences of being a LEAPS volunteer and answering any questions you might have.  Please note students in second year and above from these institutions are eligible to contribute as LEAPS volunteers. You can also read more about our events in advance of the training hereIf you interested in signing up for our training opportunties in December please revisit these web pages again in mid-November where you will find details of how to get involved.

 

2. Register as a LEAPS Volunteer

If, after taking part in the online 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 one academic referee from your university. More information on this will be given in Decemember during training.

 

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

Shortly after taking part in our training, we would encourage registered volunteers to try out a few workshops on dates that suits you. Workshops will be well staffed by the LEAPS team, and new volunteers will have the opportunity to volunteer alongside more experienced LEAPS volunteers which can help you settle into your new role as a volunteer.  Workshops and events for local schools are posted regularly 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. 

 

4. Already a LEAPS Volunteer?

If you are already a registered LEAPS volunteer and would like to get involved with our online workshop from January to April 2022 we would love to welcome you back!  You will receive an email in November to ask you to re-register as a volunteer for 2022 by completing a quick online 'volunteer registration form'.  Following your re-registration with LEAPS, we'll then keep you updated by posting any forthcoming workshops and events on the online Volunteer Noticeboard from January to April. We'll alert you by email when we post any new events and keep you updated with briefings on any new workshop formats. If you want to sign up for any events you would just email us in the normal way at leapsvolunteers@ed.ac.uk. We look forward to welcoming you back to volunteering soon but if you have any queries in the meantime please get in touch.