Volunteering Opportunities with My Future My Choice

Amended activities in response of the Covid 19 Crisis

Events generally require no prior knowledge, just a willingness to mentor and support a small team of young people through challenges that are explained on the day. No training needed, just a 20-minute briefing to start the day. Specialist facilitators and school staff accompany children in teams at all times and DBS checks are not required by volunteers. To make an enquiry or volunteer contact info@myfuturemychoice.co.uk / Tel - 0117 3290387













Rocket Rescue with Breeches Buoy 

Sessions will vary

Volunteers may be needed    for upto 60 minutes and may be on call rather than attending the entire session 




Through a remote video connection to schools using  either Teams or Zoom


Training sessions for engineers will take place during the first two weeks of  November 2020


Schedule in schools will be confirmedand will run from  last two weeks of November 2020  into February 2021


Become part of a squad of engineer. Trained in setting up and operating a fun resource beng used by small teams of students in secondary and primary schools.

The kit is designed for teams of six students in a school.

Students are supported on-line by engineers who have been trained with the resource.

What is Breeches Buoy?

Beofre helicoptor rescues a rope was fired out to a ship by a rocket. This rope was used to bring all the  ship's crew to safety.

The challenge scales down this rescue operation for re enacting it indoors in schools. 

Students make a pnuematic rocket launcher to send a rope out to a table (Shipwreck) and  devise and operate a system of ropes and pulleys to bring people (beanbags) to safety.

Engineers sense check the students efforts and advise or instruct.

Engineers will aslo talk about their day job and routes into engineering careers.

Project is supported by ROYAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING and is in response to enforced changes to a lifting and acccess  project to be held on a ship in Bristol Harboue.

Should Covid restrictions be lifted the project will take place on the ship with enginners in person.


 Empire Windrush -

Transportation,  Navigation, Future of Shipping 


Half Day

9 am to 2pm 


On board the MV Balmoral a passenger vessel moored in Bristol's Harbour


More Sessions will be confirmed from November onwards



Maritime Engineers and Architects deliver information about ships and shipping to small groups of school children from a ship in Bristol Harbour.

The children cannot attend unless covid restrictions are lifted so engineers work remotely 

The children will be building a model ship and the engineers will have the same kit to support them with the build.

There will be a series of small group discussions where children quiz the engineers about how ships work and what they might look like in the future.


World of Work School Assemblies

Informal Talks

Curriculum support 

open up young minds to possible futures 

45 minutes max


Now mostly on-line

1. Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy

New Road
Stoke Gifford
Bristol BS34 8SF

2. Patchway Community School

Hempton Lane, Almondsbury,
Bristol, BS32 4AJ 

3. City of Bristol College

Central and other locations 

4. Oasis John Williams 



Dates and times arranged to suit you and the schools.

All sectors

On line - 20 minute conversations with groups of up to ten students.

Ages of student groups will vary from 11 to 18



Science and Maths Demonstrations and Discussions


20 to 40 minutes


On Line


November onwards

Teachers have compliled a list of topics that they want some assistance with to show the relevance of science in the real world and the range of job roles an understanding of this topic can open up.

Volunteers can create demonstrations or film settings at work that help explain the topic.

Demonstrations are accompanied by question and answer sessions with students and teachers.


Explain 'Level Luffing' through mathematics, computer graphics or physical models.


  Variable depending on how the task is completed Complete this task at home or at work


November 31st

For use in activities from September to October 



Level luffing is used in cargo cranes for speed and safety. It is mostly outmoded due to container shipping.

Stem Ambassadors are needed to create a digital visual representation and/or a physical demonstration of how level luffing works.

The work can be completed at home and will be used online as well as in face to face interactions on our ship in Bristol's Harbour once the Covid 19 Crisis has abated.

Soap Box Car Engineering

Three to five days

Wallscourt Farm Primary Academy

Long Down Ave, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS16 1GE

A series of visits to complete the Soap Box challenge

Project will  re start after the Covid 19 crisis abates - we anticipate it running in the summer term 2021

A team of engineers are needed to help children in Year 6 design and built soap-box cars (gravity- racers). The children are the first cohort of children to pass through this school. The school is on the top of a hill and the plan is to close roads to test designs and parade decorated cars as part of the leaving celebrations. The initial stages of this project will involve engineers in planning sessions. The final stages in July will involve them in working with the children from the primary school  to complete their designs.

The project also needs resources - bike parts and wheels. The school will recycle these parts each year so that each year group passing through the school can look forward to this engineering experience as part of their graduation to secondary school. 

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The main volunteering activities on offer - when the Covid Pandemic abates

Schools book dates for these workshops  through the year - let us know if there is something you to support and we will let you know as schools confirm dates 

Young Shipwrights

Boat Building

half day

Engine Shed, Temple Meads and Primary Schools across Bristol 


Children build model replicas of the Bristol Pilot Cutter or Mathew Caravel  and explore the Harbour by boat and visit Underfall yard to see how boats are really built and docks engineers manage the water in the harbour.

Volunteer mentors a team of 4 children

This suits people from all occupations - motivation, teamwork and skills for life are being promoted to young people as they move on secondary school education

Boats sail on July 20th to open the Harbour Festival

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Secondary Schools across the region and beyond

Help build radio controlled aircraft and create an Air-show by end of school day.

Suits engineers and makers

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Lifting Aspirations Accessing Engineering


Secondary Schools across the region and beyond

Sometimes on board a ship moored under cargo cranes in Bristol's Floating Harbour so young people can use the can go up and operate the cranes


Hydraulics and lifting,

Building a crane / low tech robotic arm

We need engineers, makers and scientists to mentor small groups

We need demonstrations of lifting equipment, materials, robotics and bio-mechanics 

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 Shipping 2050


MV Balmoral a ship moored under historic Cargo Cranes by M Shed Museum

Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

And other Locations 



Engineers with an interest in Ships and Shipping

Provide insight and contextualise the learning about the evolution of ship design and the how ships may have to change to meet future needs.

Working with small team of 15 to 18 year old Engineers from schools and colleges

Exploring the ship they are on and building a model to illustrate their ideas for the future of shipping

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Build My Future


In Secondary Schools across the UK


A well-being programme for adolescents

Exploring routes to success and happiness in life through a better understanding of why a balance in elements of life is important.

Volunteers support a team of six 13/14 year olds to complete a board-game that takes a fictional 13 year old on a journey to the age of 25.

The students then create this character as a life-size puppet that presents its story and conveys key messages. 

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Plan My




short sessions

in   afternoons


In Secondary Schools in Bristol 


Become a 'Coach' to a 15-year-old to help them achieve happiness and success Activities run on late afternoons Wednesdays. Mostly at the school with some days out to visit and work at relevant venues.

Step 1 - Training-usually 2pm to 4.30pm with short icebreaker  activities with the students

Step 2 - 6 One to one meetings with the school student

Step 3 - Review session with options to continue

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More events will be scheduled and we will keep you posted

To make an enquiry or volunteer contact info@myfuturemychoice.co.uk / Tel - 0117 3290387