Care Leaver Mentor

VOLUNTEER YOUTH MENTOR (CARE LEAVER SUPPORT) (18+)

"Being a mentor is the single most moving and rewarding thing I have ever done."

Volunteer as part of The Door To The Future - offering mentoring to those with experience of living in Care. // Volunteer Mentors offer a listening ear to a young person aged 11-25 for around 2 hours a week. // No Experience is necessary, all we need from you is the willingness to listen and learn.

Click/Tap here to download an application form // Use the form at the bottom to message the team.

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY

  • The Door To The Future supports young people between 17 and 25 years who are in care, have been or are leaving care. Many will need that little bit of extra support, help budgeting, shopping, cooking and developing their independence living skills.
  • Mentors provide committed, non-judgemental listening and support with the aim of helping participants identify and achieve their own goals to progress towards a healthier or more stable lifestyle.
  • Typically you’ll meet up between 1-2 hrs a week to practice these skills or sometimes chat, have a coffee or take part in a planned activity. During this time volunteers should aim to develop positive, supportive relationships with their mentee, to be a source of encouragement in order to help develop their self-esteem and confidence.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

We really value lived experience and welcome mentors from all walks of life. We are looking for...

  • Friendly, enthusiastic volunteers who are ready to listen.
  • To be a positive and active role model. 
  • To take part in supervision and training, including attending group development sessions.
  • To adhere to the policies and practices of the scheme, laid out in the Handbook. In particular, to safeguard the welfare of young people and their families and prevent abuse.
  • To keep records as required.

PRACTICAL BITS

  • Mentoring itself should take no more than 1 to 2 hours per week plus the odd check-in on the phone or by email with your team leader.
  • We also encourage volunteers to take part in Group Development sessions which happen once a month.
  • Sessions take place in a public place such as park, cafe or The Door.
  • Full training will be given and consists of 6 weekday evening sessions.
  • If you are unable to make all sessions a catch up will be provided.
  • Also applicants should be aware that the average mentoring relationship lasts around 6 months and you should be available to commit to volunteering for that time.
If you want to give something back but aren't sure which role is for you or you have questions about volunteering at The Door use this form to get in touch with the team.
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