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Supporting schools in London: volunteering via Livery Schools Link

The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators is committed to promoting education in its widest sense and particularly in supporting children from disadvantaged backgrounds who have fewer opportunities than others. This is a commitment that has been encouraged by successive Lord Mayors.

Livery Schools Link has an online volunteering platform: www.liveryschoolslink.org.uk. Freemen and Liverymen of the Company are encouraged to subscribe to this.

Its aim is make it as easy as possible for members of livery companies to volunteer in schools. It enables volunteers easily to identify volunteering opportunities, and schools to find volunteers.

The process is simple. You start by clicking on the link to sign up as a volunteer.

You will then be invited to agree to LSL's safeguarding code of practice, a prerequisite to volunteering. Having done so, you enter your name, contact details and your livery company. Before approving a volunteer's application to register, LSL checks with a designated representative of that company that the applicant is indeed a member. This is to ensure, so far as possible, that all volunteers on the platform are members of the livery.

You also have an opportunity to describe your experience in trades or professions and other information which may help schools to assess whether you are likely to be able to assist with a particular volunteering opportunity.

You create your own password. You then receive an email to confirm your email address.

A registered volunteer can search the platform for volunteering opportunities and offer to take part.

There is no compulsion to accept any opportunity. You can always discuss it with the school before deciding whether to take part.

Every volunteer can choose how much time to offer and how frequently. As more schools sign up, there will be a huge range of levels of engagement, from one-off events to regular programmes and roles as school governors: something to suit everyone's availability.

For more information, please contact Liveryman David Steward: david.steward@arb10fs.com or 07775 518839