Empower Active

Volunteer as a mentor to help young people build their confidence, aspirations and resilience.

Informaton icon Volunteer as a mentor to help young people build their confidence, aspirations and resilience.

Location icon Oasis Academy Brislington

Clock icon Weekly hour-long sessions in term time

Applications for our Empower Active Committee are now open. Apply here.

Applications for Empower Active volunteers will reopen in Autumn 2021. Register your interest here.

Empower Active is a 6 week mentoring programme for young people, at our partner school, Oasis Academy Brislington. As part of the programme volunteers are paired up with a pupil, acting as a mentor to them to help raise their confidence, aspirations and resilience, through a mixture of group classroom and sports based activities. You will work with pupils at a key point in their lives, and we believe you can use the power of sport to help engage these young people and show them what they are able to achieve.

Why do young people need Empower Active?

The pupils you will be working with as part of Empower Active have been identified by the school as needing extra support so that they can reach their full potential. At Bristol Hub we are committed to ensuring that children and young people around Bristol are active, motivated and engaged with their future prospects. You will play a crucial role in broadening the horizons of these students and being an integral part of their education and future.

Ina Goldberg who is Deputy Head at Oasis Academy said "It’s been absolutely positive for those kids on the programme, some of them have actually been really engaged with it, and for some of them that is not something they would do very often. Some of those kids (on the project) find it hard to communicate and be in a group environment so for them to actually be in a group, working with others, on those sort of problem solving, team-work activities, was another benefit for them."

Your volunteering experience

Interesteed in taking on a leadership role with Empower Active? Apply for our Empower Active Committee roles here.

Volunteering with Empower Active is both challenging and rewarding, but one that will provide a valuable experience. A member of staff from Bristol Hub leads the sessions and you, along with a small team of volunteers help facilitate while working with one of the pupils.

Due to the programme being 6 weeks long, you will have the benefit of being trained and inducted with a group of volunteers, and attend together week by week. Usually volunteers and the session lead will meet up to travel as a group to the sessions each week. This means you'll hopefully be able to make some good friends, and find your way easily!

You don’t need to be a sporty person, you just need a willingness to get stuck into any activity and set a good example to the young people.

What our Empower Active volunteers have said about their experience:

Seeing the difference in my mentee by the end of the activity was incredibly rewarding, knowing that in just 6 weeks we had helped him with his confidence and instilled in him a more positive outlook on schooling and his future.

My mentee appeared to benefit greatly from the programme in regards to confidence, attitude to school, and ability to connect with other students. It was such a joy watching him grow throughout the 6 weeks and increasingly take part in programme. - Bianca McKay

I didn’t know bristol at all apart from the little clifton redland bubble, so even just geographically it helped me branch out and know my city more, and get to know local people. It gave me something to do other than studying and socialising with university people, which gave a bit more meaning to my university life. It’s quite an uplifting thing to experience, to feel like what you’re doing is worthwhile - Molly O'Brien

If you want to hear more about our volunteers experiences, you can read our case studies here.

Training and support

To ensure you are equipped with the right knowledge and confident to start volunteering, you will attend a short training session. It covers an introduction to the relevant social issues, how the project works and an opportunity to learn some skills that will be valuable to you as a volunteer. We occasionally run optional training throughout the year on topics and skills that will support your volunteering and benefit your CV.

This volunteering opportunity is excellent for anyone interested in youth work, teaching, coaching or for anyone who is looking to break out the University bubble and make a real difference to the Bristol community. We've found that this project can significantly develop the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Pastoral support and behavioural management
  • Adaptability

Throughout the programme you can contact a staff member at any point if you would like additional support, or have a concern. The staff team will also be in touch with you during your volunteering to get feedback, which is required from all volunteers so we can continue to improve the programme.

What our volunteers say about training:

The training was in-depth whilst also being enjoyable which made it more memorable. There has also been appropriate support throughout the role.

All Bristol Hub employees are approachable and have offered comprehensive training and answers to any questions.

Accessibility and inclusion

Bristol Hub is committed to making our activities inclusive to all students. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, training sessions, volunteering projects and other activities on a case-by-case basis. We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including special educational needs, please email [email protected] and let us know how we can make this activity more accessible. We ensure that all our activites, training and events are safe spaces, you can read more about our Safe Space Policy here.

This project won't cost you! We reimburse all travel expenses and DBS checks for volunteers on our projects.

Other support

Volunteering for Bristol Hub is social and you’ll have the chance to meet many like-minded people. If you are apprehensive about getting involved, you can always chat to our staff team beforehand.

If you are worried about attending alone, why not ask a friend to sign up with you too? We have had a lot of positive stories of friends volunteering together.

Two of our Empower Active volunteers, Joe and Brandon said:

Volunteering with a friend is a lot less daunting. It’s a lot easier to get involved as well if you have someone next to you or sitting with you that you already know. If you get socially anxious as well you aren’t as comfortable in those situations and it helps to have someone next to you that you know. It makes the whole process easier. It was wholesome for us and it inspired our friends to go and do something similar.


Email [email protected] and a staff member will be able to answer any questions.

The Bristol PLUS Award

Students can get recognition for taking part in extra-curricular events and projects run by Bristol Hub through the Bristol PLUS award, which is run by the Careers Service.

The Award provides a framework for students to reflect on the skills they have gained and learn how to articulate them effectively to future employers. For more details and learn how the PLUS Award could benefit you please see the Careers website.

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