If you’d like to assist young people who have arrived from Afghanistan, Westminster Befriend a Family (WBAF) is recruiting volunteer mentors! We offer mentoring young people aged 10-25 to help them to achieve their goals with the support of a mentor. In a programme adapted for the specific needs of refugees, our volunteers provide regular social, emotional and practical support, for up to two hours a week, for three to six months.
We offer volunteers bespoke and comprehensive training to ensure they’re prepared for their role, with ongoing support and structured supervisions, as well as a range of tailored resources. You’ll need to be able to commit to at least six months of support, and we require a DBS check, which we take care of, as well as two recent references. While we welcome applications from all languages and backgrounds, we particularly encourage people with language skills (Pashtu, Dari, Farsi, Arabic and more!) to apply for the role. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, supporting young people to settle in and access the support they need, please sign up on our website here.
Westminster Befriend a Family (WBAF) supports families and young people to identify and achieve their goals, making life-changing transformations that get them where they want to be. We’ve been supporting the community in Westminster for over 30 years, and we now serve the neighbouring boroughs too. Our programmes boost well-being, increase connectedness, and enable people to flourish as their autonomy and confidence grows.
PLEASE NOTE: We are runniing this project in-person ONLY. Please consider whether you are able to commit to mentoring in person before you apply. Thank you.
- Effective listening skills
- Ability to empathise
- Caring nature
- Good verbal communication skills.
- 1 to 2 hours a week over 6 months
- volunteers are encouraged to attend regular group supervisions
- Online theoretical training – 2 hours (in your own time, whenever it suits you)
- In person practical training – 5 hours (including specialist training to supporting refugee and asylum seeking families)
- sense of satisfaction and reward when supporting vulnerable young people
- being part of a large community of organisations supporting migrant families
- specialised mentoring training
- experience working with young people
- we will provide references for your work if you complete a period of mentoring with us
- To follow WBAF’s procedures and policies
- To complete all training sessions and attend regular supervisions to ensure safe practice