Volunteer Mentor

We recruit and train volunteer mentors from the local community to support young people who are experiencing issues such as anxiety, low self-esteem and bullying. They focus on supporting the young person to develop coping strategies and to help them to deal with the issues. Our targeted youth support programme “Rochdale Cares To Act” is funded by the National Lottery. We offer a safe space and fun activities on a weekly basis so the young person feels more positive about their life and improves self esteem and confidence. The aim is to link mentees and mentors who can work together on goals, to help boost confidence and development. Our mentoring programme is about working with young people aged between 11-16 by listening and offering guidance & support.
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

As an RCT Mentor it is expected you will follow the guidelines set out below:

• establishing a relationship of trust and respect with the young person (mentee)
• establish clear boundaries with the young person
• agreeing a mentor/mentee contract to determine what will be covered in sessions (including confidentiality issues)
• encouraging young people to talk about issues they feel they cannot normally share with others;
• ensuring safety for the young person
• referring young people to other sources of help, as appropriate;
• liaising, as necessary, with other agencies and individuals to help make changes based on the issues raised by the young person; though generally this is led by the coordinator or development worker
• working to agreed targets and goals in relation to the young person’s outcome star
• challenge any anti-social or discriminatory behaviour and language
• attending regular one to ones with the responsible coordinator and attending 6 weekly group meetings to discuss any issues or concerns
• keep the young person’s information and disclosures confidential sharing only with the coordinator and development worker
• updating coordinator/admin of your available times
• ensuring you have agreed a meeting time and date with the young person and letting them know in advance if you need to cancel
• abiding by RCT office policies and procedures
• keeping weekly logs of your meetings with a young person and handing the logs in monthly to the coordinator
• keeping young people’s records safe and confidential
• Keeping reporting tools such as weekly monitoring sheets and feedback sheets

Skill and Qualifications Required:

Volunteers do not need to have previous experience as full training will be given. We are looking for people aged 21 and over (including mature adults) of all backgrounds and ethnicities.

All you require are two references and a DBS check and a minimum of 2 hours availability per week.

We are looking for people who are enthusiastic and are willing to get involved. Mentoring requires no previous experience as full training will be provided for FREE!

Areas of Interest: Families, Health and wellbeing, Mental Health, Social care, Young people
Opportunity suitable for: Employee Volunteers, Groups, Long term commitment, People seeking work, University students, Other
What activities will the volunteer do? Befriending, Coaching, Mentoring, Training, Youth work
Skills gained in this role: Leadership, Listening, Managing people, Organising, Talking to others
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: Yes
Opportunity Accessibility: The volunteering location is not accessible

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Rochdale Connections Trust
Organisation Profile: Rochdale Connections Trust is a local charity who have worked to support local people living across the Borough of Rochdale for over 20 years. By knowing our community, understanding the complexity of the issues faced and evolving as an organisation to meet the changing social, health and wellbeing needs we are now the leading independent provider of domestic abuse services. We also provide 1:1 mentoring support to young people facing difficulty and a raft of interventions designed to help families.
Charity number: 1074736