Our School Role Models Programme is a free* benefit for all School Champions. At Stonewall we know the importance of visible role models, especially for lesbian, gay and bisexual young people. We work with volunteers from different backgrounds, with different jobs and life experiences who visit schools to talk about their experiences growing up as an LGB person.
Most visits follow a similar format where the role model addresses an assembly, class or selected group of students and talks about their experiences of growing up and being LGB. This is followed by Q & A. The session normally lasts about an hour. However, some schools have used our role models to open anti-bullying conferences, hand out awards and speak at equality and diversity events. We are always happy to discuss your individual requirements and as a Stonewall School Champion you are entitled to one visit per year.
If your school is currently not a School Champion and you would like to find out more about the programme please click here.
*Although visits are free, we do ask that you cover the travel expenses of the role model and the Stonewall member of staff (if applicable).
The first stage is for you to complete a Role Model Visit Request Form. It is important that you are as specific as possible regarding your requirements - including dates - as this makes it much easier for us to secure someone for your school. We also ask that you give us as much notice as possible as our role models need to book time off work.
Once we have received your form we will contact our role models and hopefully be able to match one up with your request. As we are dependent on the availability of our role models it is not always possible to fulfil every visit request; in these cases we will ask for an alternative date.
For more inforrmation about requesting a role model visit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.