Depaul Mentor - for young people at risk of homelessness

The Get Up and Go programme provides a number of opportunities for Depaul young people to work on achieving their goals. The aim of the GUAG Mentor volunteer is to provide one to one mentoring, to support a young person to improve their health and wellbeing and independent life skills. Depaul UK specialise in working in communities where poverty and long-term unemployment have resulted in generations of social exclusion and high rates of homelessness. We believe that no young person should have to sleep rough, and whilst we work to provide the accommodation that offers an immediate solution to homelessness, it is also a vital part of our work to prevent young people becoming homeless in the first place.
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly, Fortnightly
Availability:

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Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

• To actively engage in a mentoring relationship with a young person for a minimum of 12 weeks.

• Support a young person with achieving a personal development or employability goal e.g. help them; to pursue further education, complete a job application, find appropriate support, build confidence, access health and fitness activities, develop budgeting skills or learn how to cook

• To instigate weekly meetings with the mentee, to provide both emotional and practical mentoring support in the form of guidance, listening and assistance with any issues faced by the mentee.

• As part of the mentoring sessions with the mentee, accompany them to appointments and activities or refer them to other agencies if necessary.

Skill and Qualifications Required:

Volunteers should have an understanding of the issues faced by disadvantaged young people. The ability to work in a non-judgemental manner is also essential. Good communication and listening skills are also important to this role

Areas of Interest: Education, Health and wellbeing, Homeless, Housing, Refugees, Social care, Young people
Opportunity suitable for: Long term commitment
What activities will the volunteer do? Administration, Befriending, Coaching, Research, Youth work
Skills gained in this role: Leadership, Listening, Organising, Talking to others
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: Yes
Opportunity Accessibility: Step free access clearly signposted into the building, Accessible toilets

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Depaul UK
Organisation Profile: Depaul UK has made a name for itself by working with the most disadvantaged young people in the UK. We specialise in working in communities where poverty and long-term unemployment have resulted in generations of social exclusion and high rates of homelessness We believe that no young person should have to sleep rough, and whilst we work to provide the accommodation that offers an immediate solution to homelessness, it is also a vital part of our work to prevent young people becoming homeless in the first place. Would you like to volunteer with us?
Charity number: 802384