Are you enthusiastic about investing in young people and helping them fulfil their potential? Do you have an hour a week to share your knowledge, skills, and expertise with a young person?
At Starting Point we train, equip, and match volunteers to a young person to help them thrive in education, employment, and training.
We have an exciting new programme, Starting Point Advance, for young people aged 11-19 who are at risk of exclusion and/or becoming NEET upon leaving education.
What does mentoring involve?
Mentoring takes place wherever is easiest for the young person and mentor, and wherever the young person feels most comfortable, however we do not offer home visits. This could be in McDonalds, Costa, or at our Mentoring Hub on London Street which is close to Reading town centre.
Each young person has barriers that are unique to them, making our relational, tailored, and holistic approach crucial to their success.
Tailoring the mentoring to each individual’s specific needs, our mentors offer one-to-one support in both practical skills and social-emotional development. This could include:
- Giving them a space to ask for help
- Revision techniques
- Help with prioritising tasks (e.g. breaking down assignments into step-by-step plans)
- Improving personal presentation
- Help identifying a potential career path
Social-Emotional and Wellbeing Support
- Being a listening ear
- Working on communication skills
- Improving self-esteem
- Building a positive mental attitude
- Help with conflict resolution skills
To ensure young people are consistently supported, it is important that you can commit to a minimum of 12 months as a Volunteer Mentor.
How has mentoring with Starting Point helped some of our young people?
“Before, I was unsure of what to expect, but it’s been REALLY helpful.” – Kate
“It’s comforting knowing the support is there for when I leave.” - Ben
“I didn’t want to go to lessons but after speaking to you I changed my mind.” – Mohammed
Personal attributes required:
- An active listener
- A sense of humour
- Committed to the approach and ethos of Starting Point
Previous experience working with young people is desirable, but not essential
Mentoring for a small amount of time can have a transformational impact on the lives of young people in Reading and we want you to be part of that!