What Our Volunteers Do
As a Volunteer Trip Mentor you will support the Group Leader in leading 12 children through the activities. You will be working with other volunteers and staff, helping the children to achieve their best, develop skills and enjoy themselves.
The Group Leader and staff including volunteers meet the children at the pick-up point (usually school gates) and accompany them by minibus to the activity venues. Usually there are two activities per day. At the end of the day you will return with the children to their schools.
Encourage participation from all of the children and support them to get the most out of the programme.
Aid them in reflecting on and planning their skills development using their Skills Passports, relating to the life and learning skills: confidence, resilience, teamwork, leadership, curiosity, goal setting and problem solving.
Record your observations of the children demonstrating the skills on an observation sheet.
Chat with and get to know the children, sharing your life experiences and acting as a positive role model.
Support the Group Leader’s expectation and requirement regarding children’s behaviours, positively managing any challenging behaviours and conflicts arising within the group.
Be aware of and work within Wider World policies and procedures including (but not limited to) behaviour, safeguarding and code of conduct.
Who We're Looking For
We’re looking for people who share our ethos. Seeking to support children in developing important life and learning skills to set them up for being successful in their lives.
It would be nice but not essential if you had experience working with children aged 8-12.
You really need the ability to engage and inspire, bringing out the best in children and encourage participation.
Although your Group Leader will take the lead on behaviour, you should feel confident dealing assertively and positively with sometimes difficult behaviour/ conflict.
You’ll be interacting with lots of different people, so an understanding of group dynamics and ability to deal positively with different personality types (both children and adults) is a requirement.
It’s really important that you’re able to work as part of a team following the instructions of the Group Leader and taking the initiative when required.
Our trips rely on the support of volunteer mentors. It’s imperative that you’re reliability and able to commit to the days you sign up for. There’s no minimum number of days required but the more you’re able to do the better.
You’ll receive safeguarding training, but if you’ve already got a good of safeguarding and child protection procedures that’ll help.
All adults working with children will require a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) enhanced criminal record check. If you have a DBS already, let us know as we may be able to accept it. If you haven’t you’ll need to apply for one with us, free of charge.
How many days will I be expected to commit to?
Our enrichment programmes currently run over a 7-month period from December to July each year. We’d like volunteer mentors to come to as many of the 13 days as they can, but we appreciate any time you can give to support the programme. Hopefully you’d be able to do at least 3 of the 13 days.
What activities will the children be doing?
We have approximately 22 activities the children participate in across the programme. These include climbing, museum visits, circus skills, model making at Bristol Scrapstore, canoeing, visits to BBC Bristol, Highways English and a police station, Cheddar Gorge, food making, Bristol Zoo, Wild Place, Forest Schools, outdoor team-building, plus loads more!
What is the schedule for the trip days?
The days start at approximately 9am and finish at approximately 3.30pm and you will need to be with the children through lunch. The exact times and details will be sent through closer to the trip date.
Can I claim for travel expenses?
Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to £5 per day on production of receipts and upon request. Entry to all activities will be paid for by Wider World. Just send a copy of your receipt through by email or give it to your Group Leader.
What training and induction will I be required to do?
In addition to the information on this page, you will receive information about the scheduled programme and will be expected to familiarise yourself with the policies and procedures available on our website. We require you to complete our online Safeguarding and Child Protection training which should take about 15 minutes to complete. Your Group Leader will support you with how to complete the observation sheets when you arrive.
Who will be the trip supervisor?
The Group Leader will take the lead and overall responsibility for the day and support you to fulfil your duties as Trip Mentor. Group Leaders are experienced in leading groups of children, and are often either qualified teachers or youth workers.
Will I need a DBS check and how do I get one?
As you will be working with children all Volunteer Trip Mentors are required to hold an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check prior to volunteering. Applications are completed online. They are free of charge to the applicant.
Steps for applying for a DBS:
Do you have one already? If so, let us know. It’ll need to be with an organisation that you’re still working for in some capacity. You must have done some work for them within the last 3 months. If so, we’ll need to see the original copy of your DBS and a letter from the issuing organisation confirming the above.
If you don’t have a DBS you’ll need to apply using the following link: DBS Application. The ‘Organisation Reference’ is WIDER2014. You’ll find the ‘Organisation Code’ at the end of the volunteer application form. Or you can email Jonothan and request it. For ‘position applied for’ enter ‘volunteer’. The process should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
Once you’ve completed your part, you’ll need to arrange a time to meet a member of Wider World staff as they will need to see the original copies of your ID documents. You’ll need to choose from the following list 3 qualifying documents: gov.uk/government/publications/dbs-identity-checking-guidelines.
What’s the application process?
Apply using the application link below.
Apply for your DBS / share existing certificate and letter.
We’ll contact your referees and obtain your references.
Set up an informal 10-minute interview with the Programme Manager.
Complete the Safeguarding and Child Protection e-learning module.
Read and familiarise yourself with our policies and procedures.
Who should I contact about my application?
Jonothan Hope: Programme Manager, Trustee
How do I sign up to activities?
We book the activities a few weeks prior to running them. As soon as the dates and activities are confirmed you’ll receive an email requesting you sign up to any activities you are able to. Once you confirm your availability you’ll be allocated to a group. Once the staffing is confirmed you’ll receive further details and the contact details of the Group Leader ready for rendezvousing on the day.
Where should I meet the group?
Ideally, you’ll meet the group at the first school on the pick-up so you’re able to support the Group Leader in managing the children. If, for any reason you’re unable to make it to the first pick-up location, it may be possible for you to meet the group at the 2nd pick-up location or in some cases at the venue.
What should I bring with me on the activity trips?
You’ll need your lunch and a drink. If you’re likely to need anything specific we’ll let you know. This could include outdoor clothes/ waterproofs, gloves, shoes for climbing, or a change of clothes and towel for canoeing. It’ll be handy if you had your mobile phone with you too. You won’t need to pay for anything and you will get to take part in most, if not all of the activities.
Complete your application now.