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Through an organised network of volunteering placements and projects our pupils seek, through effective engagement with our local community, to have a meaningful impact on the lives of those around us. Whether leading a workshop in a neighbouring school, participating in Eton Town Council’s street-clean mornings or hosting a lunch club or tea party for senior citizens, our pupils are keen to roll up their sleeves and get involved.

I hope to learn how to not only work well with others but also form relationships through reaching out to the community.

Pupil volunteer

Volunteering initiatives at the College are coordinated by the Master-in-Charge and our Social Action Mentor, who guide and inspire boys to explore every opportunity to make a difference.

Local Impact

Volunteering placements include:

  • Local schools – music practice, classroom help, sports coaching, maths mentoring, chess clubs, Latin classes
  • Placements with the local elderly and disabled – helping in private houses, care homes, weekly clubs and charity shops
  • Museums, arts centres, libraries and charity shops – running workshops for local children or assisting with clerical tasks
  • Outdoor placements – swan rescue, rowing coaching, riverside maintenance, tourist information and renovating public gardens in Slough

In addition to local community placements, pupil volunteers also enrol in Eton College’s Combined Cadet Force and guide College Admissions Tours.

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local schools are visited by volunteering Eton pupils.

Volunteer Development

To help pupils make the most of their volunteering opportunities, and to be the best volunteers they can be, the College delivers a broad programme of events and assignments to develop boys’ awareness and social literacy. These include a series of talks to inspire and inform pupils; workshops to help them prepare mentally for their responsibilities; and a series of opportunities to reflect on how they might make the most of their volunteering placement as a chance to serve and to learn.