Volunteer as a mentor helping someone who is homeless, vulnerable or at risk of offending. We offer initial training and continuing support and supervision. A limited commitment; We hope you will meet for about 16 weekly meetings at times that suit you. This is an opportunity for someone who would like to gain experience for caring or criminal justice services or for people who just want to build a more cohesive, caring society.
Our mentors help people with finding housing, budgets and benefits, education and literacy and getting more involved in local activities - but you do not need to be an expert in any of these. You just need to be someone who wants to help. No specificskills are needed. Our volunteers provide encouragement and personal support to help people make best use of the expert services that are already available.
During COVID restrictions, most meetings are online, through Zoom or Whats App. Occasionally, mentors may meet people in person, outside at a social distance, but this is not necessary or required.
We are accredited as an Approved Provider of mentoring services by the National council of Voluntary Organisations.
Our mentors provide focus, encouragement and support through regular meetings. Mentor and mentee will agree on some specific goals that the mentee would like to achieve - like applying for housing, improving their computer skills etc. Each week they aim to agree on something to discuss or an activity that helps the mentee to work towards their goal. Each mentor has an experienced professional supervisor who will phone them each week and meet them regularly.
After three 1-2 hour initial early evening training sessions, a short interview and a DBS check, we will aim to match you with someone who needs your help. You will be able to agree dates and times that suit you. It may take some weeks to identify the right person for you to help, so it is best to do the training as soon as convenient for you.