Volunteering Opportunities with My Future My Choice

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







Soap Box Car Engineering

Three to five days

between October 2019 and July 2020

Wallscourt Farm Primary Academy

Long Down Ave, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS16 1GE

A series of visits to complete the Soap Box challenge

18th May

26th May 

1st July 

15th July (Race Day)

Dates may vary within these weeks

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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World of Work School Assemblies

open up young minds to possible futures 

12:45

to

13:15

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 

Assemblies are held across the year usually midday


We are looking for speakers who can deliver a 30 minute talks and answer questions posed by 14 to 18 year olds.

All industry sectors are welcome.

We provide training and support.

If you feel you could inspire or open up young minds to possible futures we would love to hear from you

Speakers are needed for school assemblies as well as for smaller groups of older students who need real insights into the career paths they have chosen or are still considering.

 

Plan My

Future

 

 

7 sessions 

usually 1hr per session with longer  training sessions at start 

One to one sessions can be arranged to suit 

Patchway Community School

Hempton Lane, Almondsbury,
Bristol, BS32 4AJ 

 

7 sessions 

Dates to be confirmed for 2020

 

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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Aviation

8:30

to

15:00

 

Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy

City of Bristol College 

New Road
Stoke Gifford
Bristol BS34 8SF

4th February

2020

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

Suits engineers and makers

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Fully booked with aviation volunteers

 

Aviation

 

8:30

to

15:00

 

Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy

City of Bristol College 

New Road
Stoke Gifford
Bristol BS34 8SF

 

5th February

2020

 

 

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

Suits engineers and makers

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Fully booked with aviation volunteers

Fantastic Flight

8:30 to 15:30

Bishop Road Primary School

Bishop Rd, Bristol BS7 8LS

19th March

Help build gliders that can be converted to radio controlled aircraft that can create an Air-show by end of school day.

Suits engineers and makers

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Fantastic Flight

 

8:30 to 15:30

Bishop Road Primary School

Bishop Rd, Bristol BS7 8LS

 

20th March

Help build gliders that can be converted to radio controlled aircraft that can create an Air-show by end of school day.

Suits engineers and makers

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New Student Induction

Aviation 

8:30

to

15:30 

Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy

City of Bristol College 

New Road
Stoke Gifford
Bristol BS34 8SF

 

July 8th

 

Prospective students aged 13/14 who will be starting at BTEA next term spend a week finding out about the Academy.

Volunteers will support small teams of students who will be challenged to build working replicas or models of the Sir George Caley's 1803 glider. The day explores the history of flight and ends with test flights and students presenting their ideas for the future of aviation.

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Bristol Harbour Festival

Team Cardboard  Boat  Race

In the lead up to the Festival and 12 noon on  Saturday 18th July 

Wapping Wharf- water arena

 

In the lead up to the Festival with the main event at 12 noon on  Saturday 18th July 

Work as a team to design and build a cardboard vessel that can complete a 250m course

There are other challenges before the main race for the more technically minded

There is usually a friendly sea-battle to round things off

Over 8000 people watch these races each year - they promote Bristol business, ingenuity and fun

All cardboard is recycled with the help of docks engineers

Some vessels aqre used after the race to form a display at the Festival

If you want to enter a team we can assist with cardboard, event rules, bouyancy aids, rescue boats, risk assessments and the much prized cardboard trophies in various categories

If you need space to build your boat this is available in Yate through the support of Smurfit Kappa - Corrugated Board Manufacturers

Entry is by donation (as little aor as much as you can afford/raise) and all proceeds fund the children's Young Shipwrights workshops which create over 100 model pilot cutters and caravels which race to open the Festival

 See how things went in 2019 on this link

Bristol Harbour Festival

Times vary

Activity is beteeen 

10am to 13:00

or

12:00 to 16:00

Various locations in and around the Harbour side

Including barges, a ship, pontoons and quayside stalls

 

17th July

18th July 

19th july 

Help launch children's cardboard Pilot Cutters and Caravels to open the Festival on the Saturday and Sunday (10am start to prepare - 13:00 finish)

or

Help staff venues around the harbour that engage families with maritime heritage and future. (Starts at 12noon - 16:00 finish)

 

The main volunteering activities on offer

Schools book dates for these workshops  through the year - let us know if there is something you to support and we will let you know as schools confirm dates 

Young Shipwrights

Boat Building

Day
or
half day

Engine Shed, Temple Meads and Primary Schools across Bristol 


TBC

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.

Volunteer mentors 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 sail on July 20th to open the Harbour Festival

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Aviation

Day

Secondary Schools across the region and beyond
TBC

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

Day

Secondary Schools across the region and beyond

Sometimes on board a ship moored under cargo cranes in Bristol's Floating Harbour so young people can use the can go up and operate the cranes

TBC

Hydraulics and lifting,

Building a crane / low tech robotic arm

We need engineers, makers and scientists to mentor small groups

We need demonstrations of lifting equipment, materials, robotics and bio-mechanics 

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 Shipping 2050

Day

MV Balmoral a ship moored under historic Cargo Cranes by M Shed Museum

Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

And other Locations 

 

TBC

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

Day

In Secondary Schools across the UK

TBC

A well-being programme for adolescents

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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Plan My

Future

 

 

short sessions

in   afternoons

 

In Secondary Schools in Bristol 

TBC

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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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