Volunteer Your Time


We believe that Leadership can’t be taught in a classroom.


So, what better way for our leaders-to-be to learn about local and national decision-making, than from those who are living and breathing it? Your organisation could help change the life of a young person.


We provide a unique, experiential learning journey - far removed from anything our young people experience in their normal day-to-day lives.


UpRising engage with companies across all sectors, in a mutually beneficial way, striving to go beyond the traditional business vs charity relationship. There is a whole host of ways you can volunteer your time, including: 


  • Hosting an UpRising session or event
  • Speaking at an UpRising session or event
  • Mentoring or coaching a young person


Alongside these in-kind contributions, you can also support UpRising through sponsorship, or through programme commissions and partnerships

Supporting UpRising is not a one way street - there are plenty of Benefits to your business. We can directly contribute to your diversity, inclusion and CSR agendas and at the same time, ensure that our young leaders have access to a wide selection of the very best role models.



Our UpRisers get to grips with some problem solving (Photo: Brant Adam Photography)


Mentoring and Coaching

Mentoring and coaching are perfect ways to support a young person in their personal and professional development. We individually match our participants with mentors who can offer guidance and expertise in the sector they want to go into. Coaching is given to young people who want personal development alongside professional development.

Our young adults have benefitted from the mentorship, talks and visits to the likes of,

Media / Cultural BBC, ITV, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Bloomberg, Sky News, FACT, Home

Business KPMG, PwC, EY, Siemens, Accenture, Brother UK, IBM, DONG Energy, AstraZeneca, Barclays, International Festival for Business, Deloitte, Mayer Brown, Co-Op

Education Cardiff, Manchester / Met, Aston, Liverpool, John Moores, Birmingham City, Queen Mary, Bedfordshire, BPP, Salford and Bolton Universities and regional colleges / sixth forms.

Third Amnesty, Canals and Rivers Trust, Change.org, City Year, NSPCC, The Real Junk Food Project, Media Trust

Public Job Centre +, National Careers Service, Local Police & Fire Services, NHS Trust, Media Trust

Government / Policy IPPR North, CLES, Local & Combined Authorities, European Parliament, local MP’s, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, all major political parties, HM Treasury, Palace of Westminster, Ministry of Justice, NESTA

Mentoring and coaching won't take much of your time, but will make a huge difference. For six months, you will have an hour-long session per month, either in person or via Skype. 

If you would like to mentor a participant, please fill in the form here.

If you would like to coach a participant, please fill in the form here.



coaching feedback



As a supporter, you play an key role in supporting our mission, from start-ups sharing their career journey, local experts delivering workshops, to world-class companies hosting visits and business leaders mentoring young adults to reach their full potential.

Across our 2016/17 Programmes a staggering 1,334 hours of time were donatedwhich equals to just over 55 days worth of expertise and knowledge sharing in just one year.

The benefits of supporting UpRising include:


  • Get important Social Return on Investment data - from our award-winning monitoring systems that can tell you how your money is changing a young person’s life

  • Association with an award-winning charity, that’s recognised at Government-level for championing issues surrounding social mobility, diversity and equality

  • Play your part in ensuring that the UK has a diverse leadership landscape

  • Upskill your teams

  • Directly contribute to your CSR agendas in a meaningful way.

  • Better understand and be connected to the communities where you’re based or serve

  • Tap into the unique views of our young people to transform your strategies

  • Access our alumni network for very diverse talent pool to recruit from

“We were keen to take the opportunity to engage with the young people on the UpRising Leadership Programme because the Programme’s objectives fit very well with some of the drivers behind our Corporate Responsibility Strategy.
I was impressed by the level of interest the young people showed throughout and by the thoughtfulness of their questioning, where they quickly recognised the core issues we were discussing and then posed relevant and challenging questions.
It was an enjoyable and stimulating event." 

Andy Holding, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Birmingham City Airport

For general enquiries contact our Head of Programmes Alex Wrack at alex.wrack@uprising.org.uk.