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Dare to Dream

The role of a mentor

As a volunteer mentor, you will:

Play a part in helping students to understand what positive changes they need to make to realise their aspirations and what qualities are required to be successful.

Be supported by the LoveLocalJobs Foundation C.I.C team to share your experiences and stories of your education and career journey’s with students. 

Work in a mixture of activities, large group and smaller groups interactions and 1:1 sessions to encourage students to work with others and share their day to day challenges, their views and their aspirations for the future.

Not need any previous mentoring experience as the team will facilitate each session throughout the the programme and give you help, guidance and workbooks to help with 1:1 sessions. You are not required to bring anything with you, other than a willingness to share your experiences.

Be enthusiastic, positive and inspirational role models at each interaction.

Jack “the Lad” talks about programmes themes during lockdown:

Your role will be required to:

To listen

Young people will often be open about the barriers they face and it is important they feel heard.

To talk

To talk about your role/job and how you got to where you are today – it doesn’t matter if you haven’t had a straight forward career, it is incredibly valuable for young people to meet people with different careers and backgrounds.


​To be honest and open about the world of work and expectations of business - it will help young people understand what might be ahead of them and it will open their eyes to the possibilities.

To engage

To engage the young people in conversation, to help inspire and motivate them wherever possible.

Boost confidence

To talk about the importance of individual attributes & qualities as well as qualifications in the work place. 

To help

To help students feel at ease and give them positive feedback and advice.


To participate in all interactions, which can be spread across 4 to 7 days during the academic year.

It is important that you attend all interactions of the programme. The inspirational deliveries have fixed dates/times but the mentoring sessions and workplace tours are flexible between schools and mentors.

  1. Launch | Inspirational Delivery

Delivered on site at schools or virtually

2. Mentoring Sessions | Engage

Approx 30 minutes per student

3. Inspire | Inspirational Delivery

Delivered on site at schools or virtually

4. Mentoring Sessions | Demonstrate

Approx 30 minutes per student

5. Celebrate | Inspirational Delivery 

Delivered on site at schools

6. Reward | Workplace Tour

Facilitated at the Mentor workplace where possible

Important information


It is extremely important to us that all participants in the programme are protected from any potential safeguarding issues. All mentors must read and understanding the safeguarding policy and we also encourage all business guides to apply for a DBS certification. We are very happy to assist with these applications. For more information please email Foundation@LoveLocalJobs.com.


Online Safety 

Dare to Dream aims to support students in an interactive and engaging experience bringing together students and business volunteers. When events are held online we recognise that measures need to be in place to ensure that participants are kept safe at all times. We all have a duty to ensure that all young people and adults involved in Dare to Dream are protected from potential harm online. To read how we aim to do this, please go to our Online Safeguarding policy which you can access below.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

As the organisation that promotes the Dare to Dream programme, LoveLocalJobs Foundation C.I.C takes the privacy of everyone involved extremely seriously.  From the programme Sponsor organisations and their mentors to the students and their teachers, we have gone to great lengths to ensure the integrity and safety of the data we handle. To read more about this, please see the documents below. 


Business Mentor Handbook

Safeguarding policy 2021

Online safeguarding policy

Code of Conduct


NSPCC video

Data Protection and Dare to Dream

Business Mentor Data Protection Form

Business Mentor Photo Permission

Dare to Dream Launch Videos: Mentors

1. Dare to Dream Celebration: Programme re-cap and dreaming BIG!

2. Dare to Dream Celebration: Happiness: Where do I find it?

3. Dare to Dream Celebration - Happiness:

What does it look like? 

4. Dare to Dream Celebration: LOVE your Job!