Volunteer Mentor

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Description

Give the gift of your time and become a volunteer mentor for young people

Would you like to support a young person on their journey to gaining new skills and experience, becoming more self-confident and achieving their goals? If the answer is yes, we would love to hear from you.

Why mentoring?
Mentoring is at the heart of what we do here at ProjectScotland and we offer everyone we support the opportunity to be matched with a volunteer mentor. We are searching for people in a few areas across the country who are able to offer one hour of their time per week for a minimum of 6 months to help transform the life of someone else.
As a volunteer mentor, you could support your mentee with whatever is important to them. This could be goal setting, identifying interests and strengths, confidence building, helping to establish a routine, social connections or just someone consistent to talk to and check in with to see how they are. The support you can offer is invaluable and can be life changing for you both!

How does it work?
• we provide training, support to apply to join the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme, ongoing support, access to lots of resources and a wonderful community of mentors across the country
• you are matched to one person and meet with them once a week for around one hour
• meetings would ideally be face to face, however many matches have been virtual over the past two years, using email/telephone/video chat/WhatsApp. There is the opportunity to do both.
• matches can last from 3-12 months depending upon the relationship and the needs of the mentee

What’s in it for you?
• Help transform your mentee’s life
• Develop communication and interpersonal skills e.g. coaching, motivating others, adaptability
• Gain transferable skills and experience volunteering with disadvantaged people
• Participate in regular support and training
• Meet new people, connect and have fun!
• Learn about yourself and gain a sense of achievement supporting others
• Learn more about your community and the challenges that people can face

If you are interested in this opportunity please email mentoringps@volunteeringmatters.org.uk.
We would love to hear from you!

More info about ProjectScotland:
ProjectScotland (now part of the Volunteering Matters Family of Brands) works with people (predominantly young people) across the country who are struggling to overcome challenges such as social isolation, mental health issues, low confidence and general uncertainty about their futures. By providing wrap around support and the chance to complete a voluntary placement with a local charity; not only can this enhance confidence and self-belief, but it gives that individual the opportunity to build on their skills and experience and potentially move on to a job, further education or training. Everyone we work with is also offered a volunteer mentor.

Organisation aims and objectives

Our vision is of a society where everyone can participate in their local community through volunteering and social action.

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Frequency and commitment details

One hour a week

Restrictions

Experience required: No particular skills or experience is required- just a passion to support others (particularly young people with various challenges in their lives and some time to give. We will provide training, ongoing support and access to resources, a mentor toolkit and a community of mentors for peer support.
Travel details: We would match you to the right young person taking into account where you both live. You could travel to meet them by car/public transport, walking or cycling- we would cover your travel expenses.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: We can reimburse for travel to and from meeting with your mentee and for teas/coffees/juice you might purchase if meeting with them in a cafe
Training details: We provide two training sessions as part of the initial induction- currently online over two evenings. One session is Get Ready to Mentor- providing all the info and tools and conversations you need to get started. The final session is Safeguarding and Boundaries so you are aware of our policies, procedures and the support we will offer if you were concerned about your mentee's safety and wellbeing. We also produce webinars for further training, access to a toolkit, resources and a community of mentors to learn from and connect with.

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