VOLUNTEER YOUTH MENTOR (18+)
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
Friendly, enthusiastic volunteers who are ready to listen.
Volunteers should be be ready and willing to pass on his/her own skills and experiences to participants and so help them to discover opportunities for themselves.
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 about an hour a week plus perhaps a check in on the phone to The Door's team leader. We also encourage volunteers to take part in monthly 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 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 3 months and you should be available to commit to volunteering for that time.