Support a young person Information on becoming a Volunteer Mentor
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What is a Volunteer Mentor? A Volunteer Mentor is a responsible adult who has volunteered to help a child or young person just like you.
Children and young people who go missing from home on a regular basis often feel that they have nobody to talk to about the issues they face. This is where you can help... What is a Volunteer Mentor? A Volunteer Mentor is a responsible adult who befriends and supports a child or young person that has in the past gone missing from home. The young people may have completed a 6 week intensive support sessions with the Greater Manchester Missing Service however, they would benefit from additional support.
What does a Volunteer Mentor do?
A Volunteer Mentor will be matched to a young person for approximately 3-6 months and will visit them regularly to demonstrate their commitment to them. This could include trips out or encouraging the young person to engage in positive activities. Most visits during school term times will be in the evening or at weekend. How are Volunteer Mentors selected? The Children's Society acknowledges a Volunteer Mentor's sensitive position in supporting vulnerable children and young people. We are also aware that there are adults who might target this role in order to exploit or try to take advantage of young people. For this reason, we have specific selection procedures in place.
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Mentor you will need to complete a Volunteer Enquiry form. Please telephone or email one of the team who will forward you the form. You will then be invited to attend an informal chat. This role also requires references and a DBS check.
What support do Volunteer Mentors receive? There is a comprehensive training programme and regular supervision meetings with the Volunteer Co-ordinator. Active mentors who are matched to a young person must send in monthly forms with details of their involvement with them. This helps us to ensure things are running smoothly and keep up to date with how the match is going. It also gives you the chance to highlight any problems or issues you may be experiencing. Support is also available should you need to talk to someone if you are concerned about a young person after your visit.
Greater Manchester Missing from Home team have funding from the National Lottery to support children and young people who are at risk of going missing or have been missing from home. The core purpose of our Volunteer Mentors is to provide guidance and support to these young people and assist them to engage in positive activities such as the gym or bowling. The young people we assist sometimes have complex or additional needs, which could range from disability to substance misuse. This is a rewarding role and you will be part of a friendly team providing you with support and ongoing supervision. These children will have had six session of work completed through the Greater Manchester Missing Service around keeping safe, prior to having a volunteer.
We would ask volunteers to commit to 3 to 6 months to meet with the child or young person. Children are likely to be in the Greater Manchester area but we would match volunteers, taking area into consideration. You do not need any qualifications, we will provide full training for this role and you will have regular support and supervision from the Volunteer Coordinator.
This is an ongoing role and we will continually recruit volunteers for our young people, so please submit your application as soon as possible. Following receiving your application, if successful you will be invited to an informal chat to discuss the role further with the Volunteer Coordinator.
Minimum commitment level: One month
Start Date: 04-03-2020
Start Time: 12:00 AM