Our mentoring scheme supports young people who may benefit from longer term support, beyond therapy. It involves being matched with an adult volunteer to have regular meetings in the community for a period of 6-12 months. Mentoring meetings typically involve things like enjoying a walk outdoors, getting a hot drink or food together, or an activity i.e. bowling/table tennis. We aim to match young people with a mentor who has similar interests, where possible.
What is a mentor?
The role of a mentor is to build a supportive, encouraging and trusting relationship with the young person that enables them to feel listened to and allows them to work towards any goals they may have. Young people may benefit from the scheme for a variety of reasons, such as ongoing difficulties with peer or family relationships, challenging home or financial situations, or struggles with social anxiety and communication.
Mentors work individually with each young person, but they can mentor up to two young people at any one time. It is normal to start with one young person before taking on another one after a few months.
The mentors on the scheme are not mental health professionals, but come from a variety of backgrounds, with a diverse range of life experience and interests to share with young people. Our mentors have come from business, education, charity, transport and trainee counsellors. Some mentors are retired, or stay-at-home parents and some mentors do not have children of their own.
Our mentors are all 25 years of age or older. They may have worked with young people before in a personal or professional capacity, but they all share a desire to help young people move on positively with their lives.
If you are interested in a voluntary mentoring role in the future please click on 'contact us' and complete the form. We will hold your details on file and contact you when a vacancy becomes available.