VOLUNTEER GMP YOUTH MENTOR (18+)

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

Volunteer for The Door as part of the Gloucestershire Mentoring Programme (GMP) // Volunteer Mentors offer a listening ear to young women and girls aged 11-17 for around an hour 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 Gloucestershire Mentoring Programme specifically supports young women and girls at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system.
  • As part of this county-wide project The Door's mentors provide committed, non-judgemental listening and support to those identifying as female aged between 11 and 17 that are living in Stroud and the South Cotswolds.
  • The aim of mentoring is to help participants identify and achieve their own goals to progress towards a healthier or more stable lifestyle. From school work to family friction and mental health issues.
  • Mentors meet with their mentees for around 1 hour a week whether just to chat, have a coffee or take part in a planned activity such as a walk or football
  • 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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