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Community Mentor (South Glos)

Who are we

Independent People supports 16 to 25 year olds who have faced or are facing homelessness in the South West. We house and support young people to build independent lives.
 
All our Volunteers are looked after as part of the VIP scheme. Our aim is to make sure everyone gets something out of your volunteering experience; you, us and the people we support. Because we think we’re all VIPs.
 

About The 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.
If you have any questions about the roles or the project as a whole, please contact: Sarah Hickie, Community Mentoring Project Coordinator (South Glos) at sarah.hickie@1625ip.co.uk

Notes:

  • Appointment is subject to interview, two satisfactory references and an enhanced DBS check
  • Full induction, regular support, supervision and reflective practice sessions
  • Reimbursement of out of pocket expenses such as travel and costs associated with mentoring, e.g refreshments at a café
Reference available upon request after 6months of volunteering

Closing Date, Interviews and Training:

In order for your application to be considered in time for our next round of Volunteer Mentor Training please apply before end of day 5th March 2021.

Interviews may be conducted as suitable applications are received. Interviews will take place over Google Meet video calling, likely being completed by 18th March.

Please note that we will be running compulsory training for this role across 3 evenings, over Zoom, likely throughout April and very early May. Dates and times TBC.

Volunteer Role description here

Please use the Volunteer Application Pack to apply.
Read our full Volunteering Policy here.
Successful candidates will require a Standard DBS check
We are committed to Equality and Diversity. Therefore, we ask you to submit this form along with your application.
 
Any enquiries or if you need a paper version sent to you please email sarah.hickie@1625ip.co.uk
or call 0117 317 8800

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