YCT Volunteer Mentoring Scheme
A chance to make a difference in your community
Young Concern Trust (YCT) provide a range of support developed to meet the needs of young people and help them reach their full potential.
Mentors provide support for young people aged 11-23 years who are experiencing a range of difficulties and who may be quite challenging, unmotivated and lacking in the confidence, self esteem or experience they need to move on.
Mentoring can be a really worthwhile and rewarding activity for both mentor and mentee. Mentors have said they found it fulfilling for many reasons; "it improved my communication skills when working one-to-one," "it was good to put something back," "I welcomed the chance to do something very individual and local," "it was certainly a challenge."
We are looking to recruit volunteer mentors in the Harlow area with a wide range of backgrounds, ages and interests, who can offer an hour or two weekly for a minimum of 12 months (In order to volunteer with our service you must be aged 21+). Volunteers will also be required to attend training sessions, keep basic records and will be asked to help with evaluation of the project. Mentors’ expenses can be paid for travel and refreshments during meetings.
Meetings will be arranged on a regular basis to develop a purposeful, open and trusting relationship, as agreed with the mentee.
The main duties of a Mentor are to;
• Meet on a regular basis with an allocated young person, and contribute to the overall welfare of the young person by showing a genuine interest in their lives and a commitment to helping them achieve their aims
• Ensure that the young person’s views and wishes are heard
• Empower the young person to make decisions for themselves by discussing the options open to them
• Contribute to the welfare of the young person by promoting their emotional, social, educational, cultural and religious needs
• Abide by the YCT Confidentiality, Equal Opportunities, and Safeguarding policies
• Record session notes, carry out evaluations with the young person when requested, attend termly group review meetings and provide regular feedback to the Mentoring Coordinator
support will be available from either the Mentoring Co-ordinator or a colleague
from the YCT Team.
A Mentor will require the following qualities:
• The ability to develop sound and trusting relationships with young people
• The ability to motivate and inspire
• The ability to communicate with young people in a flexible and non-judgemental way
• To be genuine, open and honest, and understand the importance of confidentiality
• The ability to develop knowledge of options available to mentees
• To be able to give regular time to the project and participate in training and reviews
• The ability to recognise the boundaries in a mentoring relationship
recent experience of activities with young people would be an advantage
- Data Protection policy
- DBS check required
- Equal opportunities policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
- 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: 26/04/2019
End Date: 26/04/2020
The initial training is run over 2 days (next dates are 26th/27th April), following this the time commitment is flexible - an hour a week to meet with a young person at a time to suit both. Group review meetings are also offered for further support - these take place once a term.
This opportunity is available in: Harlow
Ideas Hub Chelmsford
Council For Voluntary Service - Uttlesford
Action for Family Carers
Essex Child & Family Wellbeing Service