Current Volunteering

Reading Mentoring

Could you give time to support a Wythenshawe student to develop their reading?

We are looking for volunteers to take on the exciting new role of reading mentor with students aged 11 and 12 at a Wythenshawe high school.

With just a relatively small investment of your time, you can make a huge difference to a local student who needs additional reading support. We are calling on local businesses to help us recruit 40 reading mentors. Mentors will be given the opportunity to attend a two hour training session where they will be introduced to Shannon Trust’s specially-designed ‘Turning Pages’ materials, with a view to commencing the role in the new academic year in October.

Beyond the emotional rewards of having a potentially life-changing impact on a local child, mentors will be developing their own skills in areas such as communication, coaching and building relationships; it’s a win-win situation!


“We recognise the importance of instilling a love of reading in every student, and we are really excited about this project. We like to remind students and staff of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives, and we want people to make reading a regular part of their routine, whether they’re reading independently or together with their classmates, parents, or friends. Research consistently shows all pupils appear to benefit from reading mentoring programmes, and there is some evidence that pupils who are low-attaining and those with special educational needs make the biggest gains. We look forward to working alongside businesses in our local community to support our readers at St Paul’s.”

– Jamie Sharrock, Literacy Lead at St Paul’s


Twice weekly half-hour mentoring sessions would take place at afternoon registration (1.40 – 2.05pm) as consistency and ‘little and often’ is the key to success with this.

All mentors will require an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which BW3 will help you apply for.

Click on ‘Get Involved’ to ask for the date of next training session

Aspirational Mentoring

We are looking to expand our Aspirational Mentoring programme to support more Wythenshawe residents, with opportunities available to work with young people at schools and colleges in Wythenshawe and new for 2022 – Loreto and Xavierian Sixth Form Colleges. The programme has been hugely successful and has supported over 300 students since launched in 2011.

To meet demand from schools and colleges for Aspirational Mentoring we would like to invite those who are interested in becoming a mentor to attend a half day training sessions in September

Thursday 8th September 9am – 12.30pm

Tuesday 13th September 9am – 12.30pm

Please click ‘Get Involved’ to book yourself on a session

Work Experience

Can your business offer a work experience placement for a young person from Wythenshawe?  Given the last two years pupils have sadly had minimal interactions with businesses and access to the workplace. It is now more important then ever to receive a positive and inspiring introduction to the world of work.


The dates for all the local high schools are:

St Paul’s Catholic High School – Monday 26th June to Friday 30th June

Brooklands Dixon – Monday 3rd July to Friday 7th July

Manchester Enterprise Academy – Monday 10th July to Friday 14th July

Get Involved!

If you are in a position to offer a work place experience, set a project challenge or deliver an in school active demo to a group please get in touch.