Volunteer Mentors

Could you be a volunteer mentor for Kids Inspire?

Being a Kids Inspire Mentor is one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling things you will ever do.

You can help to shape a young person's future for the better, by supporting them and empowering them to achieve. You also have the opportunity for lots of fun and to share the kind of activities that you already like to do.

A volunteer mentor is a 'professional friend' who guides a young person by building trust and modelling positive behaviours in a fun and caring environment. An adult acting as a mentor gives a young person a safe place to discuss any issues they may be experiencing and will help them to access new experiences, have fun, explore new interests and develop new life skills. This relationship can help build self-confidence and resilience, improving emotional wellbeing. You will meet with your mentee regularly at a pre-arranged time.

Young individuals are referred to us by schools, healthcare professionals and parents across Mid Essex.

Volunteer Mentor: Role Summary

Your objectives will be to build a trusting and reliable relationship with a young person.

You will be a positive role model for your mentee: guiding, encouraging, motivating and listening to the individual you support. You will also be someone with whom the young person can have fun.

Time Commitment: Flexible hours with duration of commitment to be agreed.

Location: Various with meetings/training to be held at Kids Inspire Head Office, Hargrave House, Molrams Lane, Sandon, Chelmsford, CM2 7TL.

Main Tasks

• To meet with your mentee on a regular basis at the agreed time

• To complete and return a mentee meeting record no later than two days after every meeting with your mentee

Skills

We are looking for people who are:

• Prepared to commit to being a mentor for an agreed period of up to 1 year

• Prepared to attend a supervision session per academic half-term with your appointed supervisor (or more if deemed appropriate by you and your supervisor)

• Empathetic when working with young people

• Able to stay calm in difficult situations

• Well-organised, reliable and punctual

• Flexible in your approach when working with a young person and their family

• Friendly and outgoing

• Able to act appropriately and in-line with child protection protocols and car usage policies

We can offer you:

• Supervision with a trained supervisor. These sessions will be held at Kids Inspire and will take place in the morning or evening to accommodate all mentors

• Training in mentoring and child protection policy and protocol

• Clinical supervision and administrative support in your mentoring relationship with Kids Inspire


Details

  • Accessibility
  • DBS check required
    Enhanced DBS required - cost covered by Kids Inspire
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    If required
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
    Regular group supervision sessions with mentoring co-ordinator
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
    Mentor and child protection training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 17/02/2018

End Date: 17/02/2020

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Availability Details

Weekly, 1-2 hours per week ongoing. We ask for a minimum commitment of 3 months but many of our mentors have been with us for over 2 years and continue to help make positive changes in children's lives.


Location

This opportunity is available in: Basildon Billericay and Wickford, Braintree, Brentwood, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping, Harlow, Maldon, Rayleigh and Rochford, Southend, Tendring, Thurrock, Uttlesford


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