Hope for the Young supports young unaccompanied asylum-seekers and refugees aged 16-25 who are in education or whose education has been interrupted. Young asylum-seekers, who arrive in the UK alone face a series of obstacles: language barriers, lack of social support, mental health issues, and a long period of uncertainty while they wait for their immigration status to be decided.
The Mentoring Project at Hope for the Young aims to remove the obstacles young refugees and asylum-seekers face in getting an education, by training Volunteer Mentors to provide tailored one-to-one support and advice which enables them to reach their full potential and helps them make the difficult transition to life in the UK.
We are now recruiting new Volunteer Mentors, who would be willing to meet their mentee online via video/phone call or at a local cafe/library in North or South London (when safe to do so in line with Covid-19 guidelines) on a weekly basis.
We aim to establish a pool of Mentors with different ages, cultural backgrounds, skills and interests. If you are passionate about mentoring and would like to support a young person to rebuild their life, then we would love to hear from you!
Our dedicated Mentors spend 2-3 hours a week with a young person, providing tailored support according to their needs for an initial period of six months. Volunteer Mentors offer support by providing:
- Practical English language skills
- Study skills
- Enrolment and education advice
- Emotional support
- Support in accessing other support services
Please read the Job Description and Person Specification on our website for detailed information about the role and requirements to be a Volunteer Mentor.
As a volunteer, you will benefit from:
- An induction and training program suited to the role of mentoring young refugees and asylum seekers
- Regular meetings and support from the Project Manager
- The opportunity to share experiences with other Mentors at volunteer meetings and social events
- Valuable experience in developing your mentoring skills with vulnerable young people
- The knowledge that you are making a huge and lasting difference to a young person’s life
- All reasonable expenses (e.g. travel and refreshments during meetings.
If you are passionate about helping refugees and asylum-seekers achieve their full potential and believe you have what it takes to be a dedicated Volunteer Mentor for Hope for the Young, we would love to hear from you!