Raising Aspirations Community Mentoring Programme

Could you help a young person to realise their full potential?

Raising Aspirations is a fantastic community mentoring programme by Somerset Community Foundation, the Somerset Education Business Partnership and Spark Somerset, which matches volunteer mentors with students living in Taunton and Street.

Through the programme, mentors have the opportunity make a huge difference to the lives of the students by encouraging them to develop their self-belief and aspirations.

Independent evaluation has shown that students taking part in raising aspirations have experienced better outcomes, including improved GCSE results

“Mentoring has given me so much confidence, encouraged me to put myself forward for things and try things I’ve never done before.” 

Former Mentee, Crispin School.

This is a really rewarding role, where you’ll have the opportunity to work with some great young people. Mentors receive full training before the start of the programme and ongoing support during the mentoring period. This includes the GROW coaching model, which could benefit you in your professional life and any other voluntary work you do.

“To be a mentor you have to be very good at listening, mindful, observant and calm. All of which are key attributes which tie in very nicely with my job. The training was very useful and I have learnt the importance of giving back my career path experiences to my mentee.”

Former Mentor, Crispin School.

If you would like to get involved or would like further information, please contact Sharon Hale on sharon.hale@sparksomerset.org.uk or call 01935 475914.

2018 Somerset Activity and Sport Awards

Nominations are now open for SASP‘s 2018 Somerset Activity and Sport Awards.

The awards will celebrate the achievements and successes of outstanding athletes, inspirational volunteers, great coaches, community clubs and organisations from across Somerset.

Is there somebody within your organisation who has made a fantastic contribution to community sport and physical activity? Say a big thank you by nominating them for one of the following awards:

  • Young Coach of the Year
  • Children’s Coach of the Year
  • Participation Coach of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Club Volunteer of the Year
  • Club of the Year
  • Get Somerset Active
  • Contribution to School or College Sport
  • Active Workplace
  • This Girl Can
  • Sports Performer of the Year

The awards evening for the finalists will be held on Friday 19th October at Somerset County Cricket Club.

You can find out more and submit a nomination here. The deadline for nominations is Friday 31st August. 

Spark produce Volunteers’ Week video Campaign.

Spark, the volunteer service for South Somerset, Mendip and Sedgemoor, has produced a Volunteers’ Week video campaign in celebration of the the great work being done by volunteers across Somerset.

The videos, featuring volunteers, service users, and staff from organisations across Somerset,  showcase the fantastic contribution made by volunteers across our county. They also aim to encourage people to consider getting involved, by highlighting the huge personal benefits that can be achieved through volunteering.

Check out the full series on their YouTube channel.