MENTORS are being recruited to volunteer and help inspire students.
The Portsmouth & South East Hampshire Education Business Partnership (EBP) has been commissioned by Portsmouth City Council to run a mentoring programme with King Richard School in Paulsgrove.
Activate Mentoring is part of a wider volunteering initiative across the city called Portsmouth Together.
Volunteer mentors are being recruited from across the business community and have signed up to work with Year 11 students at the school for an hour a week until May next year.
Students at the school were selected because they have demonstrated a high level of potential but would benefit from the input of a mentor to help them achieve what they are capable of.
Omar Namor, director of Wildcat Marine which has offices in Portsmouth, is one of those to join in.
He said: ‘I was looking for an opportunity to give something back to the community and knew I wanted to work with young people so this seemed like the ideal opportunity to do so.
‘I want to work with young adults, trying to encourage them to look at different options. Real-life experience is important with things like developing people skills and being able to put their points across which in the workplace sometimes counts more than the education background you have.’
Cath Longhurst, CEO of EBP said: ‘Last year, we recorded more than 53,000 volunteering hours from local businesses who have consistently told us that volunteering benefits not only the young people who come into contact with business people, but also the businesses themselves and their employees.
‘Staff often return to work with renewed enthusiasm and a better understanding of their local community.’
King Richard School headteacher Gareth Hughes said: ‘King Richard School is delighted to be part of the Portsmouth Together programme so our students can benefit from the rich reserves of talent and experience in the community.
‘Furthermore I want our young people to see the rewards and benefits that can come from volunteering and so think about what they can do for their community in return.’
To volunteer visit portsmouthebp.co.uk