Job Title: Community Mentor (South Glos)
Summary of role: When done right mentoring can transform lives, both for the Mentor and the Mentee.
We are currently looking for individuals interested in volunteering as a Community Mentor in South Gloucestershire, who will focus on helping young people develop confidence, self-esteem and improved interpersonal skills and wellbeing.
You’ll do this by bringing a positive attitude, outside perspective, and your own personal experiences. Sharing your community, hobbies and interests, and supporting a young person to develop their own. You will also act as a positive, reliable role model and responsible adult in their life.
Mentors are a reliable and motivating figure in a young person’s life. Mentoring offers young people the chance to be inspired, supported and encouraged to seek out opportunities that they might not have previously considered.
The young people we work with have all either been at risk of homelessness or have been homeless. They may be care leavers, have spent time in custody or be deemed at risk of custody. They may have experienced poor mental and/or physical health, addiction, been the victim of a crime or exploitation. They may be a parent. They may be an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child. This may be the first time they’ve lived in South Gloucestershire or they may have grown up and have family here.
For the past 9months we have been running a successful, mentoring project in South Gloucestershire, and have recently secured funding to slightly upscale, and continue this work for a further year – recruiting up to 7 further volunteer mentors to do so.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we are offering young people mentoring sessions over phone and video call, with some face to face distanced and ‘Covid secure’ meetings in the community if in line with government guidelines at the time, and wanted by both mentor and mentee. We also welcome applications from mentors and potential mentees who are shielding.
The length of intervention is likely to vary from individual to individual, however we ask that Community Mentors can commit to at least 2hrs a fortnight, for 6months alongside semi-regular supervisions (roughly every 4 months) and reflective practice sessions (once every 6 weeks). There will be some ‘admin time’ required for this role in addition.
Job tenure: Part time
Annual salary/pro rata salary: N/A
Link to full information on job/how to apply: https://www.1625ip.co.uk/Volunteering-V-I-P/Community-Mentor-(1).aspx
Application deadline: 05/03/2021