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Organisation: General     Date Posted: 21/06/2016

Opportunity: Mentoring Children & Young People

Opportunity Code: GEN10002

Closing Date to Apply: -

Purpose:
•To act as a role model, someone they can look up to.
•A sounding board when a person is trying to solve a problem.
•Someone to help clarify issues that bother them
•Help prepare the way for positive changes for that individual or family.
•Introduce or set an act in motion that will enhance that person’s life.
•Offer guidance in empowering that person to act for themselves

Duties:
Aim of position:
•To work alongside project staff in a variety of settings, supporting young people.
•To assist young people overcome challenges and difficulties.
•To assist young people to achieve goals and aspirations.

Sample Activities:
•To follow a programme of work with young people
•1:1 contact and group contact with young person as and when required.
•To refer difficulties to project staff.
•To write up notes on outcomes of any contact with young person.

A MENTOR/SUPPORTER IS SOMEONE WHO:
•Will treat you as an individual without discrimination.
•Will befriend you without assumptions and prejudice.
•Will listen to you without interruption.
•Will encourage you to achieve without demands and expectations.
•Will help you make decisions without dictating.
•Will help you discuss concerns without being judgmental.
•Will help you understand values & morals without promoting their own.
•Will support you whatever the circumstances.
•Will help you to help yourself, but they cannot do it for you!

Time needed from Volunteer:
Varies, on a needs led basis. Usually one session per week for every child/group you work with, lasting up to 3 hours. Length of commitment to be agreed on commencement of volunteering. Usually, mentoring programmes will run to 12 months, however on occasions, mentoring relationships may last a little shorter or for longer periods.

Skills Experience & Qualifications:
Volunteers come from all walks of life and no specific qualifications are required. The Volunteer Mentoring Project aims to recruit people with potential as well as those with relevant experience and qualifications. Volunteers must be aged 18 or older.

•Have the time, enthusiasm and demonstrate willingness to fulfil the volunteer commitment.
•Can relate to children and young people.
•Show commitment to young people who may be facing various challenges.
•Have the ability to accept young people as they are.
•Are open to learning and show commitment to self-development.
•Are open and willing to look at themselves, share thoughts about prejudices and personal shortcomings.
•Are able to provide two satisfactory references and comply with police check requirements.

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