Help Young People Vision and Explore Their Future

My Future, My Choice and Bristol Initiative Charitable Trust

Name: Help Young People Vision and Explore Their Future
Organisation: My Future, My Choice and Bristol Initiative Charitable Trust
Type: Full Time
Flexible– various days and times are advertised on the site – can be one off or repeated. Some volunteers are needed for 1 hour and some for 8 hours


Volunteers support a small team of young people through fun practical challenges, such as building and making functional, machines or puppets. Events end with competitions and displays of flying, sailing or operating miniature machines or puppets that have been created on the day. Projects are run in school, on ships and in museum or business settings. Most projects are open to all while some focus on aspects of engineering and science. All activities are based on the premise that -
1. Aspirations set early in life
2. Aspirations grow by meeting people
All activities are set up and facilitated so that volunteers need no prior knowledge or equipment. Young people find out about opportunities in life through conversation with the volunteers. All resources are tried and tested for the various ages in Primary and Secondary School. Volunteers are never left alone with young people and there is always support on hand to ensure that volunteers are being used productively.

Please contact us for more information about our wide range of programmes that run throughout the year.

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Organisation Description

Set up in 2009 to address the need identified by businesses and school leaders for practical opportunities for young people to engage with the world outside school.

Businesses have helped a team of passionate educationalists and engineers design exciting learning opportunities for use by employees going into schools. All the activities and products are practical ways of working with the school’s curriculum and help young people think about what they need to do now to be happy and successful in the future.

Since 2009 a range of products have been created that explore generic soft skills as well as specialist knowledge required within different industry sectors and the importance of balancing elements of life for personal wellbeing.
The focus is on the ages 5 to 16 with emphasis on the points in a young person’s life when they are facing transition from one phase of education to another at ages 10/11 and 13/14. This focus was determined by research funded by the GE Foundation where schools and business evaluated root causes of poor attainment to pinpoint where most impact could be achieved by a business’s intervention in schools.

New ideas and improvements continue to be made in response to requests from businesses and schools. The current need to inspire future engineers and boost the confidence of children and teachers with practical science and engineering or design, and build activities is reflected in recent product developments.


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Cause / Interests

  • Art and Culture
  • Children
  • Education and Literacy
  • Employment
  • Environment
  • Heritage
  • Mentoring
  • Museums
  • Sport and Outdoor Activities
  • Youth

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Art
  • Employee and Group Volunteering
  • Local Events
  • Mentoring
  • Practical Work and DIY
  • Teaching, Training and Coaching
  • Under 16 Volunteering

Skills and Qualifications


What we are looking for
Willingness to talk to young people while helping them work in a team to complete a practical challenge.
Willingness to talk about your life, job roles. This can be in small groups or some people may want to present to larger groups (optional)
Some projects need people from specific sectors such as engineering and may even be specifically looking for certain types of engineers such as mechanical or aerospace
Some projects want speakers for school assemblies and demonstrations
Where training and support is needed we provide it.


Fun – young people are challenging but fun especially when asked to work as a team to make something.
Thrills and spills – testing flying machines and sailing model boats can be ‘dynamic’
Some interesting locations
Networking with other volunteers
Evidence of giving back specifically within your industry sector
Responses from young people on the day and beyond – evidence of impact, evaluations, photos and thank you letters from school children.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 17
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Yes - we reimburse local travel and feed volunteers
Restrictions: None
Induction: Briefings on the day for most projects - training where needed
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: Possible - depending on the activity
Offer: Yes
Training: Yes
Other: Various locations in schools an museums. The joining instructions will be provided well before the event.

Recruitment Method

Informal discussion