14 September 2021

Become a Roots of Empathy Volunteer Instructor

The RAISE Team at Merseyside Youth Association is looking for volunteers to take part in an exciting opportunity that will support children and give them the emotional skills to help them make a successful transition to secondary school by providing Roots Of Empathy’s award-winning programme in Year 5.

Merseyside Youth Association and Roots Of Empathy are collaborating to bring the Roots of Empathy programme to Liverpool.
The Youth Endowment Fund has commissioned Roots of Empathy to work with primary schools in a number of cities in England.
Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based programme that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression, including bullying, among primary school children while raising social and emotional competence and increasing empathy.
We are looking to recruit up to ten community instructors and ten schools over the next month to begin delivery of the Roots of Empathy programme in early November. Being a Roots Of Empathy Instructor is a hugely fulfilling role and a great way to work positively with the local community.

Want to be a Roots of Empathy Instructor?

Would you like to help foster social and emotional competence in children in your community?

We would like to invite you and the appropriate staff to join us for an introduction to Roots Of Empathy after which we will ask interested people and schools to express an interest. 

Sign up here

The past two years have been exceptional in many ways and COVID-19 has been hugely disruptive to all education settings. It has been a time of anxiety and stress for many. Our children have witnessed and experienced both the pandemic and a raised awareness of racial inequity – unseen in our lifetimes. However, these important events provide us with an opportunity for change. A chance to help our children create a more aware, more just and kinder world.

Watch a short film by the BBC about Roots of Empathy


Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based (with over 20 years of independent research) classroom programme for primary school children that decreases aggression, including bullying, and increases prosocial behaviours such as caring, sharing and inclusion. At the heart of the programme are a local parent and baby who visit a classroom over the course of a school year. Using an age-appropriate curriculum, a certified Roots of Empathy Instructor coaches the students to observe the baby’s intentions and to label the baby’s feelings. Children learn that we share the same feelings, and our feelings are at the core of our humanity.
More info at: www.rootsofempathy.org

This is the start of a three-year project and we very much hope that together we can make a positive impact in Liverpool.

You can read more about the programme’s background here 

What are the commitments for volunteer instructors?

Below you will find links to documents that outlines key information and commitments for instructors.


ROEUK Instructor Role Responsibilities and Commitment

Want to know more?

We are hosting an online briefing on 2.30pm – 4pm on Wednesday 22nd September

The briefing will feature keynote speaker: 

Mary Gordon, Founder & President of Roots of Empathy

Mary Gordon is an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, best-selling author, parenting expert, and child advocate who has created an international children’s charity, Roots of Empathy (ROE).



Please complete this form to register your interest in attending this briefing.