Our mentors

Friendship Works mentors are ordinary people making an extraordinary difference.

What is a mentor like?

We asked some of the children we work with what they thought, and this is what they said.

“A mentor is someone who is nice, caring, kind and friendly, who has a good personality and isn’t grumpy, someone who always thinks of fun things to do, and is helpful and fun, someone to talk to, someone to do stuff with, and who laughs a lot, who makes up good jokes, someone who understands me, and who always comes to see me when they say they will.”

You don’t need any previous experience working with young people to become a mentor. The best mentors are friendly, fun and always thinking of new things to do. They accept a child just as they are, and encourage them to develop their own interests and find their own solutions in life.

A Friendship Works mentor has positive attitudes, life-experiences and skills to share with a young person. They know when to provide advice and guidance, and when it’s better just to listen.

Most importantly, mentors are committed. They make a promise to mentor a child for two years, and they stick to it.

Basic requirements

To become a mentor, you will need to be over 21, live in or around the London area, and be available to meet a child on a regular basis for a minimum of two years.

Read some of our mentoring stories

Download volunteer information pack

Find out more about the application process

Apply to be a mentor