Mentoring volunteers are carefully matched with a young person and work with them on a one to one basis within their local community. Volunteers usually meet with their young person for approximately 2 hours a fortnight for up to a year, providing them with someone to talk to, and support to help achieve what they would like to get out of it.
For some young people that may be help with their confidence, working towards attending an activity or club of their choice, or showing them how to find information, take responsibility for planning and organising themselves. For others it may be helping them to deal with worries, encouraging them to find new approaches, or supporting them as they work out how to tackle a difficulty they are experiencing. For some they may be experiencing a tough time, and need some dedicated time, just for them, to help them see the positives and build their self esteem.
With the guidance of the Mentoring Manager, volunteers help their young person to identify goals and support them to work towards these. Whilst each young person’s aims will be different, all will be experiencing issues and difficulties which can be greatly helped by the support, guidance and encouragement of a mentor. By giving your time, energy and understanding you really will make a difference, and help to shape a more positive future life for a vulnerable young person.
The best thing about having a mentor is just having someone else to talk to. It’s easier to talk to them than your parents and it’s more relaxed as well.Matthew, age 15
- Be aged over 21 years old;
- Undertake an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check; and
- Provide two references.
Our Mentoring Volunteers are role models to the vulnerable young people we work with, and must be responsible, reliable and committed to the mentoring relationship. They should be resilient, good at communicating, enthusiastic and have a desire to help young people.
Previous experience of working with young people would be beneficial but is not essential. No formal qualifications are required.
Individual arrangements may vary, but generally Mentoring Volunteers will need to commit to meeting with a young person on a one to one basis within their local community for approximately 2 hours a fortnight for up to a year.
The Youth Adventure Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all volunteers to share this commitment.
Training for our mentoring volunteers, which also forms part of the selection process, is held over a weekend with accommodation and food provided.
In addition to ongoing training opportunities, access to a range of resources, peer support sessions and online training, mentors also receive dedicated support and regular supervision with the Mentoring Manager.
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