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Looking for volunteers? Our scholars can help!

Please note that The Robertson Trust has published its new Giving Strategy. This sets out the priorities we will have when awarding funds through our open grants programme. The existing application form and guidelines can still be used until July 31st. In line with our existing procedures, we will aim to assess and present all applications received by this date to our September Board meeting. In the event that we are unable to do so, your application may be held until our November meeting. In such cases a member of staff will contact you and provide any assistance required to realign your application with the new Giving Strategy. Find out all you need to know here.

Did you know all Robertson Scholars must undertake 30 hours of volunteering with a registered charity as part of the Journey to Success programme?

The Community Placement scheme aims to encourage our scholars to give back to their communities and, in the process, enhance their own CVs as part of their preparation for the graduate employment market. Indeed, many of our scholars are interested in careers in the Third Sector and have gone onto eventual full-time employment with their Community Placement hosts!
With this in mind, we are looking to hear from registered charities who may be interested in hosting a scholar. You do not have to be a present or past recipient of funding from The Robertson Trust and a scholar does not need to complete the full 30 hours with one charity. Simply let us know about any opportunities you have and we will share these with our scholars.

How does the process work?

In order to formalise the process, I have recently taken on the responsibility of sourcing placement opportunities for our scholars. If you believe you would benefit from hosting a scholar, or have a particular project you require help with, simply email me the details at and I will add this to our Journey to Success intranet, a digital resource which is accessible only to our current Robertson Scholars.
We will also share new opportunities via our scholar’s newsletter and Journey to Success social channels and keep the opportunity live until you advise us otherwise, or the placement is filled by a current scholar. The placements are filtered by Local Authority area, allowing scholars to see the opportunities available closest to them.
Scholars must complete the full 30 hours before their final year of study. Some opportunities allow them to carry these out as a 2-week block over the summer break, others simply offer single days which can them accumulate to make the full 30 hours.
Meanwhile, unlike our Summer Internship Scheme, which we have advertised widely in recent months, there are no deadlines for Community Placements, meaning you can let me know about opportunities any time!