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Volunteer Mentors - Children's Social Services

Social Services for Children recruit volunteers to take on the role of mentor to children & young people.  We want people who have a genuine interest in supporting children and young people to reach their potential.  You need to be confident in your ability to communicate with young people, motivate, enthuse and be committed to regularly meeting with them.  Young people tell us that they want a mentor who is friendly, reliable, a good listener and a confidence-builder.   The young people we work with may have a range of needs and challenges, the role of the mentor is to work flexibly with them and apply different approaches accordingly.  

What you will get out of being a Volunteer Mentor:
• A worthwhile and rewarding volunteering role
• An Induction process and access to a range of training that will facilitate your success in the role
• The opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge which may benefit you in a future career
• Support and guidance through supervision and monthly team meetings       

What Our Volunteers Say:                                

“Being a mentor is a very fulfilling and rewarding experience. I really enjoy building up a friendship with my young person whilst also listening to any problems that they may have.  I enjoy taking part in the various training opportunities available and I decided to further my education and am now training to be a social worker.”

“Mentors give a young person valuable one to one time with someone that is just for them and nobody else, to be listened to and to share things with.”

“The role is far more rewarding than I could have imagined and the knowledge that you have potentially altered and helped a young person’s day get better is extremely satisfying.  Mentoring a young person offers support and guidance while providing a safe environment, where they can feel respected for who they are and listened to without judgment.”

“Having the ability to arrange my volunteering time around my part- time job and university studies has allowed me the flexibility to gain vital experience while working and studying.”  

“I have really enjoyed the opportunity to be a mentor.  I feel that the young people I have mentored have really benefited from having someone whose main focus is to encourage and support them. I have learnt many new skills and have certainly benefited from the training opportunities.”
What Next? 

If you would like to find out more and to request an application form, contact Andrea Wade, Volunteer Mentor Co-ordinator Tel:  01352 701089 / 07818 511162 or email:

The role is subject to an enhanced disclosure check (DBS).   
This is at no cost to volunteers.