We ask for a high level of commitment from our volunteer mentors. We have a rigorous selection process, mainly to ensure the safety of the children we support, but also to give you and us time to assess whether this is the right volunteering opportunity at the right time for you. We look for mentors who are positive people with full lives and lots of interests and experiences to share with the child they mentor. Volunteers receive regular training, supervision and support from our experienced team of caseworkers.
All applicants attend an orientation evening when you will be given more information about mentoring, followed by an in-depth interview with two of our casework team, and a two-day assessment and training course. We also take references and carry out a CRB check for each mentor.
How to apply:
- Fill out and submit the online application form with your basic information.
- You’ll receive a confirmation email with details about how to book onto an orientation evening.
- Come along to a volunteer orientation evening to find out more about mentoring.
- Decide whether you would like to continue with your application to become a mentor.
- Provide us with your proof of identity so that we can carry out a CRB check and provide contact details for us to obtain references.
- Attend an interview with two of our caseworkers, who will ask you about your background, your relationships, and will assess whether you’re ready to be a mentor at this time.
- Attend a volunteer assessment and training weekend, held every six weeks on a Saturday and Sunday (you will need to attend both days).
- Make an appointment for your caseworker to carry out a home visit.
- Arrange a telephone discussion with your caseworker to finalise your application and confirm your acceptance as a volunteer mentor.
- We will then start the process of finding a young person to match you with as a mentor.