Call To Social Action

The Positive Role Models support service will work with young people aged 15-18 years in school, to build positive relationships, support their personal and social development, raise aspirations and build resilience. Demonstrating that positive role model support can have a positive impact on the outcomes and life chances of young people.

Volunteers will be recruited and trained, who will then provide positive role model support to young people in Cumbria. Role models will be assessed and then assigned to an individual, in order to ensure that they are placed with someone appropriate.

Support may also be delivered to small groups in workshop-based sessions. Themes of work include

  • Building Resilience 
  • Social Action 
  • Life Skills 
  • Managing Finances 
  • Employability Mentoring 
  • Health & Wellbeing 

Young people on the programme will be be experiencing at least one of:

  • Not meeting their school predicted target grades
  • Stepping down from children’s social care
  • At risk of exclusion
  • Poor school attendance record – 87% or less
  • Social isolation
  • Episode of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Young people who have been identified as needing further support through the positive role model programme will work together within their school to create a social action project with the support of their positive role models.

Social action helps to develop a range of core transferable skills such as communication, resilience and problem solving to help young people move forward into the world of work and showcase examples on their CV. Each school will receive £400 to carry out their social action project, with the chance to become CUMBRIA'S SOCIAL ACTION CHAMPIONS, schools will be invited to showcase their social action project to become the winners, all involved will receive a certificate for their social action project.  


  • Problem solving Listening and Presenting (communication) 
  • Aiming high (proactivity) 
  • Teamwork 
  • Adaptability 
  • Creativity 
  • Leadership 
  • Staying Positive (resilience)

Positive Role Models will have or be supported to:

  • Have appropriate and up-to-date training
  • Undertake Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership safeguarding training
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of schools, local authorities, and other voluntary and statutory agencies.
  • Have sufficient knowledge of special education needs, ACE's, Emotional Wellbeing, (including self-harm and and suicide alertness,) and Health and Social Care structures, including Early Help.

If you are a school interested in our Positive Role Model project please CLICK HERE to view our schools offer and how we can help you meet the Gatsby Benchmark through this project. 

How does it support the work of your school?

  • Helping you to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks 
  • Helping you to meet Ofsted’s inspection criteria, Youth social action is particularly relevant to pupils’ personal development, which forms part of Ofsted’s judgement about the quality of schools. 
  • Developing Young people’s careers knowledge, skills and aspirations 
  • Supporting young people’s character development 
  • Providing benefits to your local community 

To become a Mentor or to find out more about the project please contact