YMCA Edinburgh

Charity registered in Scotland SC004425

To provide local children, young people, women and families with a flexible programme of appropriate activities in a safe and welcoming Christian environment, which enables their personal growth, spiritual development, and involvement in the wider community". We do this through a very full weekly programme.


Current opportunities

Intandem mentors will build a trusting relationship with the young person through weekly meetings, providing a positive role model and supporting access to hobbies and interests. The young people involved face some of the least positive outcomes in life. The ability to be consistent, non-judgemental, supportive, fun and understanding is key to helping these young people. We look for a regular commitment to meeting with the young person to motivate them to succeed in life.

We are looking for volunteers who are eager to make a difference in their own community and make a difference in the life of a young person. The mentor will regularly meet up with a young person offering a friendly ear, support and guidance and advice on making positive life choices. Full training will be given (over 5 weeks) and a PVG Scheme Record check will be required (no cost involved). You will be expected to meet regularly with the young person and do things together that are fun.

This is an opportunity to make a massive difference in the life of a vulnerable young person. Mentors change lives, it’s as simple as that. Being a mentor with YMCA Edinburgh means supporting a young person aged between 8 and 14 for a year or more by being a positive, stable influence in their life. You’ll spend a minimum of 2hours with them weekly and be given a small weekly budget to take part in activities together in order to build a relationship, have fun and inspire them. You will receive full training and the satisfaction that you are making a tangible difference in the life of a vulnerable person. Sometimes, growing up in difficult circumstances, all you need is someone to believe in you.