Volunteer Mentor

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Volunteering Matters are a national volunteering charity. Our award winning programme, Grandmentors, provides a solution.

Put very simply, Grandmentors works by us recruiting, training and providing support for older volunteers (normally aged 50+) who draw on their wealth of personal and professional experience to help young people (aged 16 – 24), living with adverse childhood experiences such as leaving care, on their pathway to independence.

Meeting weekly/fortnightly, Grandmentors helps young people to address any challenges and choices they face on their journey.

Our Grandmentors encourage the young person to identify their needs and find ways to help. Mentors provide social, emotional and practical support. Each young person alongside their Grandmentor agree a personalised support plan and set goals based on these needs.

Working together they explore and review, over time, the young person’s challenges and priorities. These can range from career/education goals (CV’s, UCAS forms, job applications), budget planning, support accessing housing, dealing with conflict, stress, enhancing physical, mental health, wellbeing and lots more.

We are currently looking for new Mentors to join our project in East Lothian. If you are based in East Lothian, Edinburgh or Midlothian and would like to become a volunteer, please contact us. Grandmentors are normally aged 50+ however if you have the life experience and skills to support a young person, please do reach out.

Organisation aims and objectives

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










Frequency and commitment details

Weekly or Fortnightly


Experience required: Good people and communication skills Good organisational skills Life skills Patience and determination Experience of interest in supporting young people, many of who are under-privileged
Minimum age: 30


Expenses paid: Yes
Taster available: Yes