Reading Mentor, Clacton and Harwich

Lads Need Dads is an award winning Not-For-Profit organisation that works across Tendring and Colchester providing long term male group mentoring for boys age 11-15 with absent fathers. We provide a personal development groupwork programme with outdoor activities, teach practical life-skills and provide boys and mentors with practical community volunteering opportunities.

We are currently recruiting MALE volunteers age 18+ to train as Reading Mentors in BOTH Clacton and Harwich. Reading mentors build relationships by talking about shared interests, reading aloud to their students, listening to their students read, talking about books and being positive and consistent.

Commitment Time: One to two hours a week during term time in a school environment.


  • A background in working with young people is an advantage, though not essential as full training will be given.
  • Sincere desire to help young males achieve personal and developmental goals.
  • Ability to communicate with males aged 10 to 11 years openly and non-judgmentally.
  • Strong listening skills.
  • Practical problem-solving skills and ability to suggest options and alternatives.
  • Sensitivity to persons of different educational, economic, cultural or racial backgrounds.
  • Ability to maintain boundaries and confidentiality.
  • Willingness to commit to volunteering for at least 3 months.


  • Accessibility
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 23/11/2021

End Date: 23/11/2022

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Availability Details

Weekly - One to two hours per week during term time in a school environment.


This opportunity is available in: Tendring

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