Volunteering Opportunities with My Future My Choice

Amended activities in response of the Covid 19 Crisis

Events generally require no prior knowledge, just a willingness to mentor and support a small team of young people through challenges that are explained on the day. No training needed, just a 20-minute briefing to start the day. Specialist facilitators and school staff accompany children in teams at all times and DBS checks are not required by volunteers. To make an enquiry or volunteer contact info@myfuturemychoice.co.uk / Tel - 0117 3290387

 

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HOW MUCH  TIME?

 

WHERE?

 

DATES

 

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Aviation

Mentor students building model gliders - with options to convert to powered RC flight

 

Discuss the job roles and the future of flight with students in secondary schools

 

 3 or 6 hours if held in school

or

90 minutes if restricted to an online activity

 

Patchway School

Hempton Ln, Almondsbury, Patchway, Bristol BS32 4AJ

or

 Online

 

27th May 

Between 

08:00hrs and 

14:30 Hours 

 

Basic glider kits are provided. Students and engineers are either working together or linked remotely.

If volunteers are working remotely they are not required for more than 90 minutes.

The project helps students discuss job roles in the aviation industry as well as engaging them with the fun of improving the build and flight testing of a model glider. Students will be challenged to convert the wing to a dyhedral wing and explain how this has improved the flight?

Gliders can be converted at end of the day for powered RC Flight 

 

 

Young Shipwrights

Boat Building

 

6 hours


or


3 hours

Dependent on the level of pandemic restrictions this will be  at:

 

Engine Shed, Temple Meads

or

Christchurch Primary School. Clifton

 

21st June 2021

Children build model replicas of the Bristol Pilot Cutter or Mathew Caravel. They explore the Harbour by boat and visit Underfall yard to see how boats are really built and how the docks engineers manage the water in the Harbour.

Volunteers mentor a team of 4 children

This suits people from all occupations - motivation, teamwork and skills for life are being promoted to young people as they move on to secondary school education

Boats usually sail to open the Bristol Harbour Festival- this year the sailing event may be for one school at a time and an invited audience

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Build My Future

 


 6 hours


Patchway School

Hempton Ln, Almondsbury, Patchway, Bristol BS32 4AJ

 

 

 

July 7th 2021

08:30 hrs

to

14:30 hrs 

A well-being programme for thirteen year olds

Exploring routes to success and happiness in life through a better understanding of why a balance in elements of life is important.

Volunteers support a team of six 13/14 year olds to complete a board-game that takes a fictional 13 year old on a journey to the age of 25.

The students then create this character as a life-size puppet that presents its story and conveys key messages. 

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Build My Future

 

6 hours

 

Patchway School

Hempton Ln, Almondsbury, Patchway, Bristol BS32 4AJ

 

 

July 8th 2021

 

 

A well-being programme for thirteen year olds

Exploring routes to success and happiness in life through a better understanding of why a balance in elements of life is important.

Volunteers support a team of six 13/14 year olds to complete a board-game that takes a fictional 13 year old on a journey to the age of 25.

The students then create this character as a life-size puppet that presents its story and conveys key messages. 

See more 

 

 

Sustain My Future

Young People understanding skills, attitudes and expertise that may be needed in the future 


Volunteers support young people to explore potential job roles, technologies and industries that will be helping sustain people and planet when they leave school.

Can you support young people and help them address their concern for the future of people and planet?

Why are we doing this? Normally these students would be engaging with employees in the work place, boosting their confidence, seeing opportunities in life they had not thought of that helps them  form aspirations for their future.  Research shows the current restrictions have had detrimental effects on young people’s confidence and view of their own future. This programme has already proved to boost student’s well being through a greater sense of purpose as well raise awareness and understanding of sustainability goals.

 

4 hours total

I hour per day for 4 days

plus training session 

 

If restrictions are lifted this event would be a one day event in a school

 

Currently on line with students in schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dates TBC 

from May 2021

 

 


Volunteer coaches work online with up to 8 students aged 13 to explore innovations, business ideas and jobs that will be important in their future.  

The project will engage students with UN Goals for Sustainable Development https://sdgs.un.org/goals.

Aim- Students find out about future possibilities in areas of work that benefit people and planet and consider the hard and soft skills that would be useful in these emerging job roles.

Schedule - Project runs for one hour a day for four days , with one hour of training prior to delivery. Volunteers  need to attend all sessions with their  team. The volunteers form a judging panel (‘Dragons Den!’)  when student teams showcase their ideas.

 

See ideas created by students taking part 


Rocket Rescue with Breeches Buoy 

See also Extension Activity below 


3 hours

or shorter if volunteers have to join remotely held on line 

 

 

 

TBC 

Sessions are planned on the ship the MV Balmoral moored in Bristols historic harbour 

 Session may use volunteer support remotly to schools or the ship due to pandemic restrictons 


 

Schedule TBC

from May  2021

 


Become part of a squad of engineer. Trained in setting up and operating a fun resource being used by small teams of students in secondary and primary schools.

The kit is designed for teams of six students in a school.

Students are supported on-line by engineers who have been trained with the resource.

What is Breeches Buoy?

Before helicopter rescues a rope was fired out to a ship by a rocket. This rope was used to bring all the  ship's crew to safety.

The challenge scales down this rescue operation for re enacting it on the ship or in schools. 

Students make a pneumatic rocket launcher to send a rope out to a table (Shipwreck) and  devise and operate a system of ropes and pulleys to bring 'people' to safety.

Creative writing -Children will also invent a narrative to their rescue inspired by true stories and their team's imagination.

Engineers sense check the students efforts and talk about their day job and routes into engineering careers. See also the opportunity below to enrich this activity.

 

Lifting and Access - Extension activities for the 'Rocket Rescue, workshop (see above)


minimum of 1 hour

Contributions can be created in advance (video / ppt)  and submitted for use on the project or delivered in person

 

 

Schedule TBC

from May  2021

 

 

Volunteers explain how mechanical advantage is used in their day job. This may be heavy lifting or accessing places impossible to reach for surgery in the human body, underground or in out of space.

The use of digital technology, robotics and remote control transforms has changed the nature of work.

Speakers join a Rocket Rescue workshop online or in person or can provide the project with a useful asset such as a video or demonstration.

 

 Empire Windrush -Celebrating the pioneering generations

Transportation,  Navigation, Future of Shipping 


Half Day

or 

Whole Day

 If running on line this will be shorter scheduled sessions across a  half day

 online with resources in schools 

or

On board the MV Balmoral a passenger vessel moored in Bristol's Harbour

 


 

More Sessions will be confirmed from May 2021 onwards

 

 


Maritime Engineers and Architects act as mentors to children working in schools or on a ship in the harbour to build models of the Empire Windrush

Maritime Engineers and Architects working remotely can also deliver information about ships and shipping to small groups of school children

Maritime Engineers and Architects will be quizzed by children about their jobs how ships work and what ships and shipping  might look like in the future.

The transportation of people and cargo is explored through engineering activities.

Children work with poets to synthesise stories of the pioneers and their own emotional responses to migration.

The day ends with children's performances that combine engineering and poetry., 

 

 



World of Work School Assemblies

Informal Talks

Curriculum support 

open up young minds to possible futures 

45 minutes max

plus training 

 

On Line and in person

1. Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy

New Road
Stoke Gifford
Bristol BS34 8SF

2. Patchway Community School

Hempton Lane, Almondsbury,
Bristol, BS32 4AJ 

3. City of Bristol College

Central and other locations 

4. Oasis John Williams 

Hengrove 

 

Dates and times arranged to suit you and the schools.

 


Volunteers from all sectors are needed.

Pandemic Restrictions allow speakers in schools

The sessions are normally interview style with planning before the presentation to review content and use of any media assets.

 Students will ask questions at the end of the sessions.


 

 


World of Work, Physics



 

2 hours 

Plus training 

Crispin School

Street, Somerset 

 

On Line

 

 

 

 

17th June 2021

13:05hrs

to

15:10hrs 

Volunteers will explain how they use physics in their job to 14 /15 year olds science students.

Starting with a 10 - 15 minute  presentation on line and moving through a succession of interviews with students in teams of 8.

Volunteer also provide some web-links or images that will assist student teams create short Tik-Tok style films that cover an aspect of physics and the volunteer's job.

Volunteers will be invited back to review the films - films dont need to include the volunteer.

 


World of Work, Physics


2 hours 

Plus training 


Crispin School

Street, Somerset 

 

On Line


24th June 2021

11:25hrs  - 12:25hrs

(lunch break)

13:05hrs - 14:05hrs

Volunteers will explain how they use physics in their job to 14 /15 year olds science students.

Starting with a 10 - 15 minute  presentation on line and moving through a succession of interviews with students in teams of 8.

Volunteer also provide some web-links or images that will assist student teams create short Tik-Tok style films that cover an aspect of physics and the volunteer's job.

Volunteers will be invited back to review the films - films don't need to include the volunteer.



Soap Box Car Engineering


Three to five days

Wallscourt Farm Primary Academy

Long Down Ave, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS16 1GE


A series of visits to complete the Soap Box challenge

Project will  re start after the Covid 19 crisis abates - we anticipate it may run in the summer term 2021

A team of engineers are needed to help children in Year 6 design and built soap-box cars (gravity- racers). The children are the first cohort of children to pass through this school. The school is on the top of a hill and the plan is to close roads to test designs and parade decorated cars as part of the leaving celebrations. The initial stages of this project will involve engineers in planning sessions. The final stages in July will involve them in working with the children from the primary school  to complete their designs.

The project also needs resources - bike parts and wheels. The school will recycle these parts each year so that each year group passing through the school can look forward to this engineering experience as part of their graduation to secondary school. 

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The main volunteering activities on offer are listed below. Schools book dates for these workshops  throughout the yea. let us know if there is something you would like to support as a business or volunteer and when you would like to do it. We will set it up with a school and confirm the dates. 

Young Shipwrights

Boat Building

 

Day or half day

In schools and on boats and venues in the Bristol Harbour

Port towns and cities across the UK

 

Usually in the spring and summer to enable sailing events

Children build model replicas of the Bristol Pilot Cutter or Mathew Caravel  and explore the Harbour by boat and visit Underfall yard to see how boats are really built and docks engineers manage the water in the harbour.

Volunteers mentor a team of 4 children

This suits people from all occupations - motivation, teamwork and skills for life are being promoted to young people as they move on secondary school education

Boats usually sail to open the Bristol Harbour Festival. this year the sailing event may be for one school at a time and an invited audience

See More 


Aviation

 

Day or half day

  In schools and museums - needs a large space for test flights

 

As requested

Help build radio controlled aircraft and create an Air-show by end of school day.

Suits engineers and makers

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Lifting Aspirations Accessing Engineering 

Whole day

At construction industry trade fairs around the UK and Europe 

In schools and colleges

 


As requested  As requested

 


 Shipping 2050

 

Whole day

 

On a ship to give real context

As requested

Engineers with an interest in Ships and Shipping

Provide insight and contextualise the learning about the evolution of ship design and the how ships may have to change to meet future needs.

Working with small team of 15 to 18 year old Engineers from schools and colleges

Exploring the ship they are on and building a model to illustrate their ideas for the future of shipping

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Build My Future

 

Whole day

 

In schools 

As requested

A well-being programme for 13/14 year olds

Exploring routes to success and happiness in life through a better understanding of why a balance in elements of life is important.

Volunteers support a team of six 13/14 year olds to complete a board-game that takes a fictional 13 year old on a journey to the age of 25.

The students then create this character as a life-size puppet that presents its story and conveys key messages. 

See more 



 

 

Plan My

Future

 

 

6 or 7 sessions over 12 weeks

 

In schools and online

 As requested

Become a 'Coach' to a 15-year-old to help them achieve happiness and success Activities run on late afternoons Wednesdays. Mostly at the school with some days out to visit and work at relevant venues.

Step 1 - Training-usually 2pm to 4.30pm with short icebreaker  activities with the students

Step 2 - 6 One to one meetings with the school student

Step 3 - Review session with options to continue

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Sustain My Future

4 hours over a week

 Online

As requested

Volunteer coaches work online with up to 8 students aged 13 to explore innovations, business ideas and jobs that will be important in their future.  The project will engage students with UN Goals for Sustainable Development https://sdgs.un.org/goals.

Aim- Students find out about future possibilities in areas of work that benefit people and planet and consider the hard and soft skills that would be useful in these emerging job roles.

Schedule - Project runs for one hour a day for four days , with one hour of training prior to delivery. Volunteers  need to attend all sessions with their  team. The volunteers form a judging panel (‘Dragons Den!’)  when student teams showcase their ideas.

 

See ideas created by students taking part 

 

 

More events will be scheduled and we will keep you posted

To make an enquiry or volunteer contact info@myfuturemychoice.co.uk / Tel - 0117 3290387