Ongoing role
At a glance


  • Public speaking
  • Advice / Advocacy
  • Mentoring / Coaching


London, Leeds & West Yorkshire, EC4R 1AP
Mainly at the office


Mostly during office hours Estimate of time needed:
1-3 hours / week
Mentoring 1hr for 12 weeks, Social Action Accelerator Pilot 2hrs for 5 months (both excluding travel)


04 Aug 2024

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Welcome to Reach Volunteering. We are a community and registered charity that connects people, skills and good causes.

To apply for this role, and any other on our platform, you need to be based in the UK, have at least three years of experience using the skills you wish to volunteer in a professional capacity or have lived experience (for trustee roles). Read more about our criteria.

The Diana Award are thrilled to invite you to volunteer for our Mentoring Programme and Social Action Accelerator Pilot this Autumn 2024, which operate across London, Leeds and West Yorkshire. 

What will you be doing?

Based on your application to mentor and your availability, you will be placed in either our Mentoring Programme or Social Action Accelerator Pilot. Both programmes run between October 2024 – February 2025. 

Mentoring Programme:  

  • Twelve weeks of weekly group mentoring sessions. 
  • Mentoring sessions last one hour (excluding travel) and are delivered on the same day and time each week. 
  • Volunteer mentors share advice and guidance with young people who are at risk of becoming NEET. 

Social Action Accelerator Pilot: 

  • Five months of monthly group mentoring sessions. 
  • Mentoring sessions last two hours (excluding travel) and are delivered at the same time of day each month. 
  • Volunteer mentors support young people to develop and deliver their youth-led social action project.  


We will train you to mentor and provide ongoing support for the duration of your programme. 


The Diana Award can provide you with a professional reference, paid for DBS check, and refund your travel expenses in exchange for your voluntary work. 

What are we looking for?


  • A minimum of 18-years-old.  
  • Willing to complete a DBS Check (paid for by The Diana Award).  
  • Willing to provide contact details for one referee.  
  • Able to commit to weekly and/or monthly face-to-face sessions. 
  • Able to attend a three-hour in-person mentor training session.  
  • Has the right to work and volunteer in the UK.  
  • Lives or works in London, Leeds and West Yorkshire.   


  • Passion for working with young people. 
  • Has developed or willing to develop active listening skills. 
  • Ability to see solutions and opportunities when working with people or in a group setting. 
  • Ability to show resilience when faced with challenging situations or behaviours. 

Experience / Knowledge 

  • Has work experience, this can be professional, from previous volunteering, or social action initiatives. 
  • Has developed or willing to develop experience of planning and delivering a social action campaign.  


  • Commit to weekly sessions for 12 weeks and/or to monthly session for 5 months, demonstrating consistency and punctuality. Mentoring Programme sessions last 60-90 mins (excl. travel) and Social Action Accelerator Programme sessions last 120 mins (excl. travel). Both programmes are delivered in an education setting. Follow through is key when working with young people at risk of becoming NEET. 
  • Collaborate with The Diana Award facilitators and other volunteer mentors to deliver and support sessions. 
  • Review session plans and prepare for weekly and/or monthly sessions. 
  • Create a safe and positive learning environment and provide young people with encouragement, guidance, and constructive feedback. 
  • Nurture positive relationships with young people. Listen, understand, and acknowledge their feelings and experiences. 
  • Support young people to plan a social action project. 
  • Encourage young people to challenge themselves to work towards their goals. 
  • Support young people’s professional development by connecting them with further opportunities. For example, workplace visits, work experience, resources, relevant networks etc. 
  • Identify and report any safeguarding and child protection concerns or disclosures as per The Diana Award Safeguarding Policy. 

What difference will you make?

Our programmes seek to address three key problems for young people: challenges to their mental health and emotional wellbeing; social and economic barriers; and not being understood by people in power. We work with young people by unlocking their potential, creating opportunities for their growth, and inspiring action from them to lead the change they want to see. We welcome applicants of all industries and levels of experience. Through mentoring you will gain skills in communication and leadership, building empathy and understanding of issues and barriers facing young people in their communities. 

Before you apply

Once shortlisted you will be sent The Diana Award Mentor Application form. This form will need to be completed no later than Sunday 4th August 2024 at 23:59 BST. The Mentoring Team will be in touch with an outcome after Thursday 15th August 2024 via email or phone call. 

  • Education
  • Young people
  • Organisation type: 

    The Diana Award is the charity legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world. We seek to empower young people, delivering bespoke youth programmes...