Volunteer opportunities for retired professionals

Retirement can be one of the most wonderful times of your life! More time to spend with loved ones, start a new hobby, explore new places – and perhaps to find a particular cause you’re passionate about.

At Action Tutoring age isn’t a barrier when it comes to helping others and making the world a fairer place! Our volunteers range from 18 to 80, and we welcome all individuals from different backgrounds to join our volunteer team as a tutor in English or maths and make a real difference.

Become a volunteer today

How do I start? 

Getting involved as a tutor is easy and you can expect to start in 2-3 weeks from the moment you apply. Here you can find all the steps to volunteering with Action Tutoring.

What is our mission?

Education inequality is still an issue in the UK. Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds don’t have access to the same resources and opportunities as their affluent peers, so they are less likely to achieve the grades they need to access further education, training or employment.

It’s important to remember that these young people aren’t less able, but they have less access to the tools that support them to progress in school.

Our volunteer tutors help pupils eligible for Pupil Premium receive further support in their education in order to bridge the attainment gap between young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds and their peers.

At the heart of our brand identity is an infinity symbol, highlighting the infinite potential of the young people we support, our volunteers, and our partner schools. It shines a light on what young people can do, rather than what they can’t do.

We harness the power of volunteer tutors to ensure that tutoring support can be accessed by every pupil who needs it, not just those who can afford it.

Watch the video below to learn more about how we work and the importance of volunteering with us.

What do you need to get involved?

We are proud to have created a diverse and inclusive volunteering team. This is what makes our organisation even more effective;  the power of different people, regardless of their age or background coming together and helping vulnerable young people reach their full potential at school.

You don’t need any previous tutoring experience to get started. We ask our volunteer tutors to have a university degree, or equivalent training or work experience. In addition, it’s important to have an interest in the subject you wish to tutor, even if you don’t have experience teaching or tutoring. This will allow you to enjoy your volunteering experience even more and inspire the same interest in the subject among your pupils. 

Does lack of experience make you nervous? These tutoring tips will boost your confidence and better prepare you for your first tutoring session! 

What should retired individuals expect from their volunteering experience with us?

Studies show that volunteering helps us combat stress, anxiety, depression and anger. It’s an eye-opening experience that reminds us all to appreciate what we have and exercise gratuity! 

We understand that the curriculum might have changed from when you were a pupil yourself. Don’t let this hold you back from volunteering with us and helping disadvantaged young people progress academically. 

Our continuous support 

Our team has worked hard to provide our volunteers with the right resources and workbooks that can help you pass on your knowledge and skills without any barriers. Your dedicated Programme Coordinator will be with you every step of the way, providing help and guidance.

A valuable opportunity to give back

In order to achieve education equality in the UK, as well as across the world, it is essential to offer a fair start to all pupils. We are proud to have created a strong community of inspiring volunteers, who are crucial in our mission to reach more disadvantaged pupils and offer tailored academic support.

If you are looking for an opportunity to play your part to support those less fortunate than you, volunteering as a tutor is a great way to get involved. 

Volunteering as a tutor with us will not only help close the attainment gap between disadvantaged young people and their peers, but  it will also help you spend your free time productively and be more mentally (and physically if you choose in-person tutoring) active! 

Meet and socialise with like-minded people

Spending less time alone and more time in your community, you will have the opportunity to interact with like-minded individuals regularly. 

Seniors and younger people rarely have the chance to work together for a collective cause. By volunteering as a tutor, you can learn and develop a better understanding of one another. You might even make new friends and grow your support network! 

Hear from our current retired volunteers

Eileen, a  retired chartered accountant from London, has nothing but positive things to say about her tutoring experience with us. She had previously volunteered as a treasurer for two separate organisations, over a seven-year period. Eileen prefers a hands-on role, as it means face to face interaction that enables her to talk to other tutors as well and get to know other people! 

Tutoring provides great interactions with pupils, all with fantastic personalities, and I feel I am helping in a small way, even with the basics. Many of these children have not had the start in life that my own children did and I want to help in any way I can. All young people are entitled to a good education regardless of race, ethnicity, income or religion so of course I want to make a difference if possible. You learn that some have no private space to study or indeed sleep and many get very little, if any, help at home. This experience has even helped my own children to understand that they are lucky in so many ways – they all encouraged me to do it and are keen to learn from my experiences. My eldest daughter now mentors at work because of it!

Eileen, Action Tutoring volunteer 

Interested in reading more about what our retired volunteers have to say?  Here you can read Phil’s experience with tutoring!

Volunteering over the age of 60 can be more meaningful and impactful than you think: you have more time to join a cause you care about and use your experience, skills and knowledge to help and inspire others.  

This is the perfect opportunity for retired individuals to give back to their community. By volunteering as a tutor for just one hour a week at a school near you, or online, you can give support to pupils whose families couldn’t otherwise afford it.

We love working with people who are genuinely interested in making a difference to the lives of young people.

If education inequality is a cause close to your heart, then we’d be incredibly grateful to have you join our volunteer team!

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