Volunteer FAQs

Read some of our volunteer frequently asked questions below

Will there be training?

We will be training volunteers to ensure that they are comfortable using the resources with young adults in a school environment. This training will include details on how to approach schools to offer our sessions – if you don’t already have a relationship with the school. Training will be as local to you as possible, subject to demand.

What school/college can I volunteer in?

While we have a database of around 400 schools nationally to help you get started, we encourage volunteers to choose a school / college of their choice to contact about a session.  This might be through an already existing school contact through a friend or family member. We will provide support materials to help make initial contact with a school.

What resources will be provided?

Much of the education work in the programme is centred around the Discover Fortunes and Discover Risk board game. You will be given a supply of games to use in schools. We will ask you to request them with at least 3 weeks notice and to be returned upon completion of the session. We will also be developing collateral to help you to deliver some Financial Education focusing on aspects taken from the games. We really want your role as an Education Champion to be fulfilling and rewarding and to be a key part in your growth as an individual.

Will I manage a classroom of students?

As the majority of our volunteers are not qualified teachers, you will not be left with students without the support of a member of the school staff. The school will remain responsible for all matters around student behaviour and discipline. As an Education Champion you will be invited into school as a specialist guest.

Will I need a DBS check?

Our understanding is that you will not need to have a DBS check as you will not be left unattended with the students at any time. Volunteers who are accompanied by staff do not need any DBS certificates and volunteers have never been asked for them before.

Who do I contact?

Contact George Tsounias at [email protected] or on 020 7417 4774

What will my commitment be?

As with any volunteer programme, the time you wish to dedicate to this programme is entirely up to you depending on other commitments. Understandably, some volunteers might wish to visit more than 5 local schools per year and others might be able to commit to just the 1.

Who is this aimed at?

Given the content of the game, the game is played by students from Years 11-13 (15-18 years old).