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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 Covid-19 we were unable to run any school workshops with Student Volunteers in November or December. However, we will be running online workshops and events for our schools from February to May 2021 which all registered LEAPS volunteers can take part in. We hope to resume face-to-face workshops in schools and on campus from November 2021.

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 sessions will take place in October and will cover the type of events volunteers typically get involved in. You can also read more about our events in advance of the training here. 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.  There will also be some experienced LEAPS volunteers attending who will be sharing their experiences of being a LEAPS volunteer and answering any questions you might have. By the end of the session you will have received almost all of 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. If you interested in attending a a Volunteer Information and Training session in October please check these web pages again in mid-September where you will find dates for each session and details of how to book your place.

 

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 at the online Volunteer Information and Training Session.

 

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

Shortly after attending a training session, we would encourage registered volunteers to try out a few workshops on dates that suits you. Workshops, whether virtual or in person, 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 February to May 2021 we would love to welcome you back!  You should have received an email in early February to ask you to re-register as a volunteer for 2021 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 late February to May. We'll alert you by email once 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 or if you think you may have not yet completed the online volunteer registration form please just get in touch by email.