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Sign Up: Professional Volunteers
Volunteer with the SMF
Professional volunteers provide essential guidance and support that SMF students need to access the universities and careers of their choice. Using your skills to mentor, contribute to workshops, provide access to opportunities through internships, support students with job applications, and/or hosting events is a rewarding experience for volunteers too. You can read more about the different ways to get involved
By signing up as a volunteer you are consenting to the SMF storing your data and contacting you regarding this. If you volunteer as an e-Mentor, you may receive related ad hoc requests such as a call out for speakers at student events.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please do complete the form below and we will be in touch from the New Year to discuss next steps for our 2021 cycle.
Find out more or keep in touch
If you are interested in receiving further communications as outlined below, please tick the relevant box:
Newsletters and updates, e.g. our Annual Review
Occasional emails about upcoming events and promotional information
You can change your mind at any time by emailing
gives further information about how your data is used and stored.
Contact Telephone Number*
Which of the following sectors is your role most closely aligned to.
Banking & Finance
Biology & Chemistry
Engineering & Physics
Media & Communications
Other (please specify)
Other sector (please specify)*
Brief role description*
Which opportunities would you be interested in volunteering for?*
Using your skills to mentor, contribute to workshops, provide access to opportunities through internships, supporting students with job applications, and/or hosting events is a rewarding experience for volunteers too.
More information on volunteer roles and how else to get involved can be found
Additional questions may appear below depending on your selection.
Pro bono support
Other (please specify)*
Additional E-Mentoring Information
We require a few more details from volunteers who sign up to become E-Mentors. These ensure that we can make the best possible matches between mentors and students, that we are able to contact mentors when necessary, and can act in line with our safeguarding policy.
Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Indian Ocean Territory
Central African Republic
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Republic of the
French Southern Territories
Heard and McDonald Islands
Isle of Man
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Northern Mariana Islands
Palestine, State of
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Arab Emirates
US Minor Outlying Islands
Virgin Islands, British
Virgin Islands, U.S.
Wallis and Futuna
The majority of SMF's work is done with students in the following named cities. If you do not live particularly close to any of these there will still be opportunities available to you.
Other (please specify)
Other City (please specify)*
Date of Birth*
Date Format: DD slash MM slash YYYY
Prefer not to say
University attended (if any)
Social mobility 'opportunity areas'*
We may wish to match students who live in one of the government’s social mobility ‘opportunity areas’ to mentors from the area. If you grew up in one of the areas listed below, and would be interested in mentoring a young person from this area, please select the area from the list.
Are you interested in being a 'Supermentor'?*
We aim to match each mentor with one student per mentoring cycle. Due to changes in sector interests from year to year, in some instances we have asked mentors to volunteer as 'Supermentors' who may be matched up with two students per mentoring cycle if needed. Please answer yes if you would be happy to become a 'Supermentor' if needed.
Are you a former SMF student?
DBS or PVG Check
Each of our mentors is required to undergo an Enhanced DBS or a PVG check in order to clear them to work with young people. This is a simple process, but does require you to complete a form and present original identification documents such as a passport or driving licence.
The type of check we require depends on where you live. Mentors living in England, Northern Ireland and Wales will need an Enhanced DBS, Mentors living in Scotland will need to join the PVG scheme.
Do you have an Enhanced DBS check that was completed within the last six months?*
You will not need to complete a further check if this is the case, but we will need to see a copy of your certificate.
If you live in Scotland, are you currently a member of the PVG scheme?*
If yes, we will ask you to complete an Existing PVG Scheme Member form. If no, we will ask you to to complete an Application to Join the PVG Scheme.
If you are unsure if you are an existing member or not, please call Disclosure Scotland on 0300 020 0040 to check if you have a PVG Scheme ID.
No or N/A
What would be your preferred method of completing your DBS or PVG check?*
Please note: For the foreseeable future we will be conducting these checks online.
We would normally hold drop-in sessions at our offices in Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle. Mentors are invited to drop into the relevant office to complete the paperwork.
Completing the form and showing your documents will take approximately 10-15 minutes.
When our offices reopen, you may prefer to complete your check by post. In this case we will send a form to you but please bear in mind that if you choose a postal check you will be required to post original documents back to us. These will be returned to you via Special Delivery.
At a drop-in session
(Temporarily hidden) Please confirm that you are aware that you will be required to send original documents (such as a passport or driving licence) through the post if electing to complete a postal DBS check. All documents will be returned by special/recorded delivery within a week of receipt.
(text for above q) Alternatively, you may prefer to send a complete your check by post, we will send a form to you but please bear in mind that if you choose a postal check you will be required to post original documents back to us. These will be returned to you via Special Delivery.
Additional Recruitment Success Service Information
We require a few more details from volunteers who sign up to the Recruitment Success Service. These ensure that we can make the best possible matches between volunteers and students and that we have your consent to share your personal contact information.
How can you support the Recruitment Success Service?*
Our Recruitment Success Service volunteers support our undergraduate students with the following activities:
• Checking a student’s CV
• Conducting a telephone mock interview
• Providing support ahead of an assessment centre/application
• Taking a phone call and chatting through sector specific career advice
SMF will let you know when there is a student requiring support and put you both in touch, and as a volunteer you would provide feedback by phone or email. The service will runs year-around but students require the most support between Sept-Dec for CVs and Nov-Feb for interview/assessment practice. You can choose to support students in any one or all of the options above.
You will be supported in your role as a volunteer through guided resources produced by the SMF.
Check a CV
Conduct mock interview
Assist with application centres or applications
Career advice call
Please confirm you are happy for us to share your personal information with a student using this service by ticking the boxes below.*
We will get in touch prior to sharing your information, and you can change your mind at any time.
I give permission for SMF to share my email address with an SMF student
I give permission for SMF to put me in direct contact with and SMF student
How did you hear about the Social Mobility Foundation?*
An internet search engine
One +1 Campaign
SMF Alumni Newsletter
STEM Ambassador Hub
If you selected "Another Organisation" or "Professional Body" please provide the name of the body or organisation*
If you selected "Another Organisation" or "Professional Body" please provide the name of the body or organisation (Please enter N/A if this does not apply to you)
If you have heard about volunteering through your employer would you be happy for us to share your name if they are one of SMF’s employer partners?*
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