About Paiwand’s Mentoring Project
Paiwand’s Mentoring Project is funded by Children in Need. It aims to address the specific needs of young refugees, asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors in North West London who are in need of 1:1 social, academic, community and employability support. The project has two strands:
- Mentors who visit schools to provide bespoke mentoring.
- Mentors who meet young people in the community to provide social support and guidance whilst they adjust to life in the UK.
Afghan Association Paiwand is a refugee community organisation that serves the holistic needs of asylum seeking, refugee and migrant communities in North West London. Originating as a grassroots Afghan organisation, Paiwand now proudly supports communities from all over the world. Our mission is to improve and enhance the quality of life of these groups upon arriving and settling in the UK, through free advocacy services, mental health counselling, education initiatives, community youth, sport and art projects, supported housing for unaccompanied minors and mentoring for young people.
Our volunteer mentors work on a one-to-one basis with vulnerable young refugees, asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors, aged 11-18 years old, in Northwest London (Harrow, Brent, Barnet). The large refugee communities residing in these boroughs point to a clear need to address the wellbeing of the young members of these communities. The young people referred to our project are at particular risk of the following:
- Academic underachievement;
- Social/school exclusion;
- Poor mental health and wellbeing;
- Being NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training);
- Involvement in Gang and criminal activities (Including drug misuse);
- Barriers to gaining safe employment
In response, the Project aims to support, encourage and productively challenge young people to define and work towards their personal goals. The role gives volunteers an opportunity to become trained as mentors, and to gain experience working with young refugees with complex needs. Depending on which strand mentors follow (School or Community) mentoring meetings may take place during the day, evenings or weekends.
- Commitment to weekly meetings for a minimum 8 weeks for school mentorship and 10 weeks for community mentorship.
- Prepare sufficiently for meeting with young person.
- Arrive to meetings punctually and communicate sufficiently about delays or absence.
- Provide completed session assessments no later than a week after meeting.
- Passionate and motivated to improve the lives of vulnerable young refugees in Northwest London.
- Excellent listening skills.
- Experience of mentoring or working with young people is an advantage.
- Volunteers should be able to travel to and meet at Paiwand’s office in Edgware and other areas of North West London.
- Full training will be provided; attendance is compulsory to complete the recruitment process.
- The role is subject to enhanced DBS disclosure.