Greater Manchester
Job description



Depaul UK offers homeless and disadvantaged people the opportunity to fulfill their potential and move towards an independent and positive future.  Depaul UK manages a range of accommodation for homeless young people in the UK and Ireland, as well as providing resettlement, pre-employment training and other support services for homeless and socially disadvantaged young people.


Project description:

Depaul mentoring service provides a number of opportunities for young people to work on achieving their goals .    The aim of the Depaul Mentor volunteer is to provide one to one mentoring, so a young person  can take steps to improve their health and wellbeing and independent life skills goals.


Aim of the volunteer role:

We are looking for volunteers to deliver fun and engaging mentor sessions to young people. This will be focussing on sessions based on health & wellbeing, skills development, creativity and community work. You can use your own skills that you have learned from university to make a positive difference for the young people accessing Depaul services.


To provide mentoring support to people from a variety of backgrounds, who are making the transition to independence.



Main Tasks:


  • To actively engage in a mentoring relationship with a young person for an agreed period, normally 3 hours per week for 12 months.

  • To provide both emotional and practical mentoring support in the form of guidance, listening and assistance with any issues faced by the mentee.

  • To instigate and meet with the mentee on a regular basis

  • As part of the mentoring sessions with the mentee, encourage interesting activities which support their goals for example, cooking activities and getting out into the community.

  • To keep basic records of time spent and activities conducted with the mentee.

  • Submit volunteer expense records to claim back volunteer expenses.

  • To attend supervisions every 8 weeks with the Volunteer and Mentor Co-ordinator

  • To attend Volunteer Forums which take place every three months.


Necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge:

Volunteers should have an understanding of the issues faced by disadvantaged young people. The ability to work in a non-judgemental manner is also essential.

Good communication and listening skills are important to this role. We also would like to use your own individual skills, attitude and knowledge. This role is great experience for students in many courses such as social work, teaching and much more. We would value the experience you bring to us and would encourage that you share this with our young people.



Support and supervision:

The volunteer will be line managed and supported by the Volunteer Mentor Co-ordinator, Emma Mohan.


Induction and training:

Volunteers North West Induction training and mentor training must be attended before volunteering can begin. The volunteers North East Induction training is a full day course welcoming you to Depaul and exploring policies and procedures as well as Safety Framework. Mentor training is a half day course covering all of the practicalities for your volunteering role. Volunteers providing an ongoing commitment will have access to Depaul UK training courses if appropriate. If you attend courses through Depaul you can add these onto your CV and discuss this with employers when you apply for jobs after you have graduated.




A commitment of 3 hours a week is desirable, there will also be some evening and weekend events. However, we are flexible and appreciate that people’s circumstances do change and that it may prove impossible to adhere to this.  If you are unable to offer this much time, but are still interested, please do contact us and we can try to come to an agreement. If you have not been an active in your volunteering for 3 months we will contact you and if you have not been active for 6 months your volunteering role will naturally be ended. You would then re-apply for any volunteering at Depaul again going through the full volunteer recruitment process.



Benefits to the Volunteer:


  • Travel expenses to and from the project; all genuine out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed.

  • While volunteering at the project, volunteers have full liability insurance cover.

  • Appreciation events to recognise the important contribution that voluntary workers make. Some volunteers have won awards before which also looks great for a CV.

  • Personal & professional development through training, support and ongoing evaluation.

  • References will be available after a period of three months volunteering.

  • Contribute to a project that really does make a difference to the lives of young people.

  • You will be able to add volunteering to your CV.

  • You will be fully supported in this role by the Volunteer Mentor Coordinator


    How volunteering is helpful to students:

  • You will learn new skills and develop the skills you already have

  • You can contribute to a cause you believe in

  • You will help to empower others

  • You will make connections with other professionals in Depaul

  • You will be building up on your CV

  • You will be gaining experience that you can discuss in interviews and use in your professional career



Equal Opportunities:

Depaul UK, as an organisation with a Vincentian ethos, believes that it is essential to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity. Depaul UK, as both employers and service provider, is committed to opposing discrimination and will not discriminate against any person because of their ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, responsibility for children or dependants, age, employment status, disability, HIV status, religious or political beliefs or because of unrelated criminal convictions.  Part of your volunteering role is to adhere to this ethos.


Additional documents
Application form (.docx)
Posted on: 19 February 2020
Closing date: 19 May 2020
Job ref: GM Mentor
Tags: Advice, Information, Social Care/Development

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