Youth Justice Mentor

We have a unique opportunity for a volunteer mentor to help influence and impact a young persons life in a positive way. These young people will have engaged in anti-social behaviour and will be under the youth justice service (previously YOT). You will be required to engage in 1-2-1 activities with a young person on a weekly basis helping them to engage in their communities and be a positive role model in their lives.
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:

Volunteers will be required to
• establishing a relationship of trust and respect with the young person
• 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 outcomes
• challenge any anti-social or discriminatory behaviour and language
• attending regular one to ones with the responsible coordinator and attending 6 weekly review 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

Skill and Qualifications Required:

Experience preferred but not necessary as full training will be provided.

A enhanced DBS will be required. The charity will process your DBS.

Areas of Interest: Children, Crime, Ex-offenders, Families, Mental Health
Opportunity suitable for: Employee Volunteers, Groups, Long term commitment, Older people, People seeking work, University students, Other
What activities will the volunteer do? Befriending, Mentoring, Providing advice, Support Work, Youth work
Skills gained in this role: Listening, Organising, Reading and writing, Reasoning, Teamwork
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