Are you passionate about mental health and supporting young people, interested in counselling, youth work, social work, or mental health services?
As one of our passionate and highly skilled team, you have the opportunity to make a genuine difference to educational and mental health inequality!
We are seeking passionate 1:1 long term mentors for our Illuminate programme for children and young people who really need that extra support - someone they can open up to, trust and a role model to help fulfil their potential. It might be that they have issues with anxiety or mental health, are a young carer or have experienced trauma. These are weekly 1:1 sessions out in the community or at the young person's home and can be activity based or can be more therapeutic depending on the needs of the child. We match our practitioners and/ or volunteers carefully with the young people on personality and interests and needs.
A Bit About Us
Leading Lights is a not-for-profit that works with children, young people and families impacted by social, emotional and mental health. It offers imaginative expert support for children and young people at both primary and secondary school age, and their families who are disadvantaged because of social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH) difficulties. We run a range of specialist services and projects to support children and young people who might be feeling anxious, stressed or suffering in silence. These range from small group therapeutic projects to mentoring to advice and advocacy. Our approach is holistic and is about sensitive joined up working where we really listen to what the young people need.
We work with children and young people at both primary and secondary school age who are disadvantaged because of social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH) difficulties. They often have a diagnosed mental health condition or are waiting for a diagnosis, and it is often correlated with a history of trauma or psychological distress, or another disability, learning need, or physical illness. Many of the children we work with are also affected by issues such as domestic violence, abuse, identity issues, bullying and many are young carers.
Whilst each child is affected differently, common issues that we see are: Problems accessing school either through non-attendance, or difficulty focusing and thriving at school, difficulties making friends leading to significant social isolation, issues with confidence and self-esteem which can lead to difficulties leaving the house or even their rooms for days at a time, panic attacks, suicidal attempts or ideation, self-harm, and difficulties accessing support and help from statutory services.
We want to make three key differences:
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Please email email@example.com with a short paragraph on why you are interested in the role, as well as any relevant/related experience and we'll go from there! Thank-you so much in advance for being amazing and wanting to do this - it's so kind and so much appreciated that you want to give your time and help others!
We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applicants from under-represented groups and diverse backgrounds and those who do not always get their voices heard.