VOLUNTEER YOUTH MENTOR (18+)
"Being a mentor is the single most moving and rewarding thing I have ever done."
Youth Mentors offer a listening ear to a young person aged 11-25 for around an hour a week. // No Experience is necessary, all we need from you is the willingness to listen and learn. // Volunteering as a mentor offers the opportunity to be a committed source of help and support for a young person.
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ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
- Mentors provide committed, non-judgemental listening and support to young people aged between 11 and 25.
- 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.
- 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.