Is volunteering for you?
Have a real impact in just 1 hour
Join the volunteers, from film producers and plumbers,
to marketing managers and self-employed IT professionals, who have given over 700 combined hours to inspire and
support hundreds of young people across London.
Everyone has a story to tell and skills to share!
Speak to a group or individual about
Your industry and how to get a job like yours
Your career journey
CV writing, Filling in a job application
Writing a personal statement
Guidance on adult responsibilities and more
SIGN-UP TO VOLUNTEER
ON THE LVN APP NOW
What happens after I sign up?
To comply with our safeguarding policy, we must hear back from both of your references before you can give your hour. You can speed this up by encouraging your references to respond. If you haven’t heard from us, we are still awaiting or chasing your references. Check your spam folder for emails from email@example.com
Once you’re approved, you will be able to log back into the LVN app. You will also become available as a volunteer to our youth workers.
Finding a match
The nature of our support is deliberately youth-led – this means that whether you receive an invitation is dependent on a young person requesting the support you can offer. This could take 5 days or in some cases much longer – but it will be worth the wait!
Make sure to select all the topics that you think you can help with and provide as much detail as possible your bio. You’re more likely to be invited to a session if your profile has a little personality!
Receiving your invite
An LVN youth practitioner will contact you via email to establish your availability. You can always decline an invitation if it is not convenient.
When a match is made you’ll receive information about the LVN host centre; the young people you’re likely to meet and a link to our session plan and guide to maximizing the hour you give.
Keeping everyone safe
All LVN volunteers are required to sign our Volunteer Agreement before attending a Power of an Hour session. This clearly explains the safeguarding rules you need to be aware of.
- LVN trained Youth Practitioner is responsible for supervising Power of an Hour sessions at all times in both face-to-face and online sessions. You will never be left alone with a young person.
- All contact between yourself and a young person must be via a Youth Practitioner, so you must not give your personal contact details to any young person and they must not give you theirs (this includes email, phone and social media). You should inform a Youth Practitioner if a young person does so.
The safety of Young People and peace of mind of Volunteers is very important to us. If you are ever concerned about anything before, during or after giving your Power of an Hour, please don’t hesitate to speak to the LVN Youth Practitioner from the session or contact LVN directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giving your hour
Relax, have fun and don’t worry you are there to inform and help. For many young people this it’s unique for someone to give up their time and share. LVN evidence is showing that ten interactions outside their usual sphere of influence can have a significant positive effect on their life path. Every hour really does help.
Telling us how it went
After the session you will receive an email with useful information and our online feedback form. Please take a moment to complete this as your feedback helps us to improve.
You can volunteer 3 hours per centre with the same young person or group of young people and LVN currently operate in 18 youth settings across London. If you want to give more than those 3 hours, the youth practitioner will request your DBS certificate.
The young people you will help
LVN up-skilled youth practitioners work with young people to help identify their interests and areas for development. Requests are many and varied, some young people are looking for very specific help with homework or interview preparation. On the other hand, others are exploring their options and looking for advice and information on different industries and jobs. Above all, all are growing their confidence and life skills with every hour they receive.
A wide range of young people participate in LVN programmes. Some are very vulnerable and disadvantaged, others less so. Many have experienced only negative interaction with adults through statutory services and educational or judicial institutions. For example, those in the care system, in pupil referral units, excluded youth or persistent truants. Others have chaotic home lives and are unused to adults listening to them and taking a positive interest.
There are also those who have completed degree courses and tertiary education but who lack confidence or have lost direction and need support to progress in their careers.