Could you help our young people to reach their full potential?
Are you interested in offering weekly one-to-one support to a young person in Sheffield? Could you encourage them to develop their goals and overcome challenges?
Will you value their views, strengths, beliefs and feelings?
Volunteering as a mentor at Zest will involve meeting, and doing activities with, a young person (aged 8-19) on a weekly basis over a period of 12 weeks. Our three main priorities are supporting those who are disengaged from school, socially isolated or suffering from poor mental health. We try to match young people with a mentor from within their local community. As well as building up a supportive relationship, the aims are to encourage them to set goals to improve their wellbeing and self-esteem, and find ways to engage in their local community. There are additional opportunities to get involved in some group work and activities.
We are looking for people who are:
- Good listeners – empathetic and non-judgemental
- Approachable and good at building relationships
- Positive role models for young people, advocating informed choices
- Encouraging and enthusiastic
- Reliable and committed
- Patient and able to be flexible
- Experienced working with young people (ideal, but not essential)
- Aware of professional boundaries and appropriate behaviour
What is involved?
This role requires a minimum commitment of 9 months. DBS check required.
- Initial training and regular refreshers to attend
- Weekly contact/meetings with your mentee
- Arranging activities to do with your mentee, transport etc.
- Building up a relationship with the young person and their parent/carer(s)
- Facilitating goal setting and progress reviews with your mentee, using the 5 Ways to Wellbeing toolkit
- Feedback of progress to your project worker
- Attendance at 12-weekly supervisions
- Optional involvement in a bi-weekly youth club for mentees, outdoor activities and other Zest-run events
- Engagement with other volunteers - peer-support and service development
Benefits of volunteering as a Volunteer Mentor:
We will provide:
- Induction & ongoing training for the role, including safeguarding, first-aid, goal-setting techniques and active listening skills
- Support from our volunteer coordinator throughout your volunteer journey, with a one-to-one supervision every 12 weeks
- Reimbursement of volunteering expenses, weekly
- A reference for job/volunteering applications
- Reduced rate gym and pool membership - £10pm (whilst volunteering and subject to having completed 6 weeks regular volunteering).
- Clear, up-to-date policies
You will gain:
- Experience in supporting young people to identify/work towards goals.
- Experience working with people from many different backgrounds
- Skills in active listening, advocacy, mentoring and goal-setting
- Opportunities to volunteer/participate in other Zest/local activities
- Access to training and support to facilitate your development
What we expect from you:
- Full commitment to mandatory training, weekly mentoring sessions and providing feedback on sessions/goal-setting
- Positive representation of Zest; promoting equal opportunities and respect
- Compliance with all policies, including maintaining appropriate boundaries
- Excellent communication with us throughout – including re-arranging sessions, changes to your personal circumstances, safeguarding issues
- Reliable commitment to your mentee
- Attendance at your supervision every 12 weeks
- Prompt return of expense claims and only for mentoring-related activities – max £30 per month
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.