Empower Active
Volunteer as a mentor for year 9 students at Oasis Academy Brislington, to help them build their confidence, self esteem and future aspirations, through the medium of sport.
Thursdays 13:50-15:10
Oasis Academy Brislington
Empower Active
This year, Bristol Hub, in partnership with Sports England, is launching an exciting new sports mentoring programme called Empower Active, which will run in one of our community partner schools; Oasis Academy Brislington. Bristol Hub volunteers will be paired up with a year 8 student, acting as a mentor to their student and using sports to help raise their confidence, self-esteem and future aspirations.
We will be working with pupils at a key point in their lives, and we believe we can use the power of sport to help engage these young people and show them what they are able to achieve.
Volunteering with Empower Active
Volunteering with Empower Active is both challenging and rewarding , but one that will provide fantastic experience to anyone involved. It is a perfect opportunity 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.
Becoming a Mentor
  • You must be a student at the University of Bristol
  • You must complete an online application form and attend a selection workshop
  • You will need a DBS check (don’t worry, we’ll show you how to get one) and will need to complete online safeguarding training
  • As a mentor you will be providing the pupils with a positive role model, advice, guidance and someone to look up to
  • Previous coaching or mentoring experience is helpful but certainly not required. What’s more important is bundles of enthusiasm, and a desire to make a difference to the lives of young people in Bristol.
  • 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
Project Details
  • Starting in Mid February, and running every Thursday, 13:50-15:10, for a period of 6 weeks.
  • Sessions will take place at Oasis Academy Brislington
  • You will be paired up 1:1 with a student for the 6 week period
  • Sessions will cover topics such as resilience, motivation, future aspirations and much more
  • Sessions will be split between the classroom and some sort of sporting activity
  • Reasonable travel expenses to and from Oasis Academy Brislington can be reimbursed (including taxis for large groups)
What will you get out of it?
Volunteering with Empower-Active will not only benefit the pupils you’ll be mentoring, but will also help you develop a wide range of skills and experience, including:
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Pastoral support
  • Behavioural management
  • Adaptability
Empower active is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants experience in sports coaching, working with young people and/or working in schools. If you’re exploring a career in education, coaching, social work, youth work, mentoring or community outreach, then this is the perfect opportunity for you.
We are happy to provide a reference to anyone who takes part in the project.
Volunteering is also fantastic for personal well-being and will give you a great opportunity to meet new people. There will be plenty of social events amongst student volunteers outside of the activity sessions.
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 to help motivate and engage them with their education, 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 re-engaging them with their education and future.
Training and support
All of our programmes are supported by students and staff. As part of Empower Active, you will have the staff team (Bristol Hub Manager and the Projects Officer) to speak to at any time. One of our Project Officer’s will also be attending every session and taking part in the activities.
The staff team will be leading on your selection workshop, initial training and additional training provision (behaviour management, routes into education etc) throughout Empower Active, as well as any issues that arise with the children the project supports. The staff team will be in touch with you during your placement to get mid-year and end of year feedback, which is required from all volunteers. Volunteers will also be debriefed about any issues with their mentee which they may want the school to support or follow up from.
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