The Students Union at The University of Sussex is delivering a Role Models programme supporting targeted NCOP students by increasing confidence, aspirations and attainment.

Role Models is an initiative that begun in 2014 when the the Students’ Union saw an opportunity for students to help with Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons and mentoring local young people.  Four years later, the project has 120 students who work with around 200 young people. From just a small handful of students at the beginning, the now over-subscribed Students’ Union project is a popular choice for students who want to volunteer in their local community. With additional NCOP funding, they are delivering a targeted  six week programme consisting of workshops delivered to years 9 or 10 developed by university student volunteers around the themes of  mental health and wellbeing, sex and relationships. Workshop content is guided by the learners and university students using up to date resources tailored to each group allowing:

  • One on one time between learners and our students in workshops to give learners the opportunity to get individual support
  • Small group discussions around the topics in the workshops

The project aims to:

  • Understand better what the gaps in knowledge are, and to create engaging, useful and relevant workshops for the young people
  • To measure broader understanding
  • To measure self-esteem
  • To measure how the programme has impacted on support networks and how comfortable they feel talking about topics that affect them

For further information please email our Mentoring Programme Manager, Debra Vice-Holt