Volunteer Mentors: changing young people's lives across Bath & North East Somerset.
Mentoring Plus supports young people struggling with education, family, behaviour and the effects of poverty, issues which may place them at risk of offending, school exclusion, social isolation or emotional harm. We support about 65 young people at any one time and have a waiting list of young people aged 7-21 keen to access help.
We match them with adult volunteers who are trained and supported to mentor each young person one to one over a year, just for a couple of hours a week. This regular contact, time and space to talk allows young people to offload problems, find coping strategies, identify goals and aspirations and access opportunities around Bath and NE Somerset which they may not have done previously. They make a personal plan and work on it with their mentor, achieving their own objectives and working on issues affecting them.
Mentoring directly helps improved engagement with education, next steps such as training and employment, keeping out of trouble, improving family and community relationships, and improved confidence and self-worth.
Mentors and young people can also join the charity's own organised activities, building skills and having access to new opportunities such as sports skills and cultural experiences.
Our volunteer mentors are at the core of what we do, and we invest in training and supporting them, providing all the backup they need to address issues their young person brings to them. Mentors are given professional counselling sessions and personal supervision at least monthly to ensure they feel equipped and ready to mentor. Many find it hugely rewarding, keep in touch with their mentee, and return to mentor again.
We're looking for committed, calm, non-judgemental adults to volunteer as one-to-one mentors for young people aged 7-21 needing extra support with education, family or behaviour. Full training and support is given over the one-year programme.
Please contact Chris Hart, Volunteer Co-ordinator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01225 429694 for more information.