Volunteer Mentor

We are looking for volunteers who are eager to make a difference in their own community by supporting girls and young women to be their best through our award-winning Y’s Girls Mentoring Project. As a volunteer mentor you will regularly meet up with a young person offering a friendly ear, support and guidance and advice on making positive life choices. You will also build a relationship with the young person’s parents/guardians, although the main focus is the young person. Full training, support and on-going supervision is offered by Central YMCA. As a mentor you will regularly meet up with the young person over 12 months. Mentors usually meet with their young person once a week for 6 months, then fortnightly for 3 months and 3-weekly/monthly for the last 3 months whilst working towards a positive ending. The sessions last between 1.5-2 hours and they focus on the interests and needs of the young person.

What is in it for you

You will be offered mandatory and optional personal and professional development opportunities from our core mentor training to local and national wellbeing events (ranging from online mindfulness, dance classes and action planning sessions to in-person mentor pizza nights, sports activities and supervision).

What skills are required

You don’t need any formal qualifications to be a mentor. You will need to have completed a PVG Scheme Record/DBS check that will be arranged for you by your Project Coordinator. What’s really important is that you’re a good listener and we encourage applications from people with lived experience of how race, gender, ability, poverty, mental health, sexuality etc can interact and impact upon the lives of girls and young women. 

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