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

Volunteers who are:
• Prepared to be in a mentoring relationship for a little longer than the average mentor/mentee relationship .
• Friendly, enthusiastic volunteers who are ready to listen.
• Ready and willing to pass on his/her own skills and experiences to participants and so help them to discover opportunities for themselves.
• Positive and active role model.
• Willing to take part in supervision and training, including attending group development sessions.
• Will 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.
• Able to keep records as required.

Practical Bits

Mentoring itself should take between 1-2 hours per week, occasionally there may be occasions when extra time is required. The Door To The Future team, Debbie and Hannah are also available for you to talk to, with a regular DTTF mentors zoom catch up. We also encourage volunteers to take part in monthly Group Development sessions which happen once a month.

Full training will be given and consists of 4 weekday evenings 7:30-9:30pm and 2 Saturday morning sessions 9am - 1pm
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 6-12 months and you should be available to commit to volunteering for that time.