Volunteering Matters is a volunteering and social change charity. They recognise the potential young people across Clackmannanshire possess. Young people have aspirations and goals like us all – but may not currently have the tools or guidance needed to turn these into a reality. The effects of COVID-19 have seen many young people across Clackmannanshire experiencing social isolation, loneliness, poor mental and physical health and without a ‘Positive Destination’. Equip Mentoring uses the power of volunteers to support young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) or who need additional guidance and support to enter the employment market, further education or training.
The Volunteer Mentors will support the young people practically (such as CV writing and interview skills) as well as emotionally (building confidence, resilience, and independence) whilst reducing social isolation and loneliness. The young person and mentor will meet regularly and will set goals and ambitions to develop new skills, knowledge and experienced to pursue the young persons chosen pathway. Volunteer Matters asks volunteers to spend 1-2 hours a week with their match.
The time period that Mentors support young people will vary depending on the needs and goals of each match, up to 12 months. Volunteer Matters recognise that every young persons journey & needs are different and so the length of match will depend on their needs and ambitions. The organisation's Engagement Manager offers full support and encouragement to mentors and young people, keeping in touch on a regular basis.
Volunteering Matters is the UK’s leading volunteering charity. Our vision is a society where everyone can participate to build strong and inclusive communities. Our mission is to enable people to take an active role in their communities through volunteering and social action. We have been working across Scotland since 1962. In the Forth Valley our current activities include the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP), which engages older people in volunteering projects to benefit their community and peers. We currently have hospital and school volunteers, walking groups and knitting groups. We also run the Help at Hand service in the Forth Valley. We also have our Children's Volunteer Befriending project locally, working with disadvantaged young people between 8 and 18.
Out of pocket expenses, including travel costs
Experience required: • Able to complete the volunteer recruitment and training process including a PVG check • 12 month commitment • Good people, communication, and organisational skills • Able to understand and relate to young people • No other skills or qualifications are required, just a willingness to support a young person in need of encouragement and guidance.
Minimum age: 18
Expenses paid: Yes
Training details: • Full induction and ongoing training • All ongoing support provided by the project’s Engagement Manager • Out of pocket expenses, including travel costs • The opportunity to make part in a meaningful mentoring role, giving back to the local community.