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Volunteering with Urban Uprising

Who we are:

At Urban Uprising, our goal is to use our unique programme to give 8-18-year-olds, who face various challenges in life, the chance to develop their physical, social and personal strengths through rock climbing.

With the support and encouragement of highly trained, positive coaches we help young people to achieve these three main outcomes:

  • Increased confidence to try new things

  • Increased resilience to deal with failure

  • Increased participation in physical activity

Why climbing?

Rock climbing can be daunting and breaking through that barrier to try it for the first time, or to try new or harder climbs, is a real confidence builder. The nature of climbing is that you are failing much more than you are succeeding and the experience of not being able to get past a certain point - or falling off the wall entirely - is an important part of it. Building resilience to deal with this failure and understanding that failing is a learning opportunity (and nothing to be afraid of) is very empowering for the young people. Through our sessions, young people can discover a sense of belonging to a new and different community with many positive role models.

We know there are barriers – both individual and societal – that prevent some young people from accessing and consistently engaging with new experiences. Urban Uprising’s vision is a society where all young people feel engaged and empowered to create a positive future for themselves.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community, as well as meet new people and build relationships.

Our volunteers tell us that watching young people develop both climbing skills and life skills gives them a great sense of fulfilment. They also tell us that sharing a sport they love and have gained a lot from with others, who may not have had access otherwise, brings great satisfaction. Seeing participants learn, develop skills, overcome fears and try new things is also a source of inspiration to our volunteers, as are making connections with participants, other volunteers, and partner organisations.

What does it involve?

Session volunteering is about providing a consistent and reliable role model to the participants as well as offering support and guidance. You would be getting involved in warm up games (and leading your own if you like), getting to know the participants, and recording observations and taking pictures. You don’t need any qualifications, just an enthusiasm for climbing and supporting young people.

If you have other skills, like fundraising, admin, or content creation, that you’d like to make use of by volunteering 'behind the scenes' then we would love to hear from you.

What commitment is required?

To volunteer at our climbing sessions, you need to be available for most of a ten-week block. The sessions last around an hour and a half and you can claim back your travel costs.

How to get involved:

You can sign up to volunteer here

If you have any questions please contact us at

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