Volunteer Mentors at the Mahdlo Youth Zone

The mentoring scheme is designed to offer one to one support to young people aged 8-19 (or 25 if they have additional needs). Mentors come from all walks of life and share a willingness to help young people through providing guidance and assistance with any difficulties they may be experiencing. To be a Mentor, you do not need a youth work background, you just need to be a positive role model and are available to give one to two hours a week (which is flexible depending on the young person’s availability and needs, as well as your own). Mentors can make a huge difference to a young person’s life by quite simply being there. They must be able to give 1-2 hours per week and able to commit to supporting their young person over a 12 month period.
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly
Availability:

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

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

• Meet weekly and actively develop a supportive relationship with a young person (mentee), establishing clear boundaries.
• Give practical help and guidance to your mentee, assisting them to develop life skills.
• Assist your mentee in gaining information and understanding about any difficulties they may be experiencing.
• Enable your mentee to access appropriate professional support provided by other agencies.
• Attend and participate fully in supervisions and training sessions.
• Encourage your mentee to celebrate their achievements.
• Complete all evaluations, online session feedback forms and other paperwork as required.
• Adhere to the Policies and Procedures in the delivery of your role.
• Quite simply - Be There for a Young Person.

Requirements: Relevant qualification or training
Skill and Qualifications Required:

Potential candidates do not need any youthwork background or qualifications – just be reliable and have a willingness to learn.

Person Specification
• Have the time (around 2 hours each week for a minimum of 12 months) to commit to the project.
• Have energy and enthusiasm for the role.
• Relate and engage with a young person in a positive way
• Have the ability to accept others they are, be non-discriminatory and non-judgemental.
• Be committed to personal growth and development

Areas of Interest: Children, Education, Health and wellbeing, Mental Health, Young people
Opportunity suitable for: Employee Volunteers, From your office, Indoor, Long term commitment, Older people, Outdoor, People seeking work, Other, 18 and over
What activities will the volunteer do? Befriending, Coaching, Mentoring, Providing advice, Youth work
Skills gained in this role: Listening, Negotiating, Organising, Reasoning, Teamwork
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: Yes
Opportunity Accessibility: Clearly marked accessible parking spaces, Step free access clearly signposted into the building, Automatic opening doors, Lift to other floors / step free access throughout the building, Accessible toilets, Area for assistance dogs nearby, The volunteering location is not accessible

About the host organisation

Hosted by: MAHDLO (Oldham) Youth Zone
Organisation Profile: Mahdlo Youth Zone delivers high quality, innovative activities and experiences for young people from Oldham aged 8-19 (or 25 with a disability); to provide opportunities, raise aspirations and support young people to be the best they can be. I am currently looking for Volunteer Mentors to join the Mahdlo Mentoring Project, and I am responsible for recruitment, supporting and supervising Mentors and the young people involved with the Mentoring Project. The mentoring scheme is designed to offer one to one support to young people aged 8-19 (or 25 if they have additional needs). Mentors come from all walks of life and share a willingness to help young people through providing guidance and assistance with any difficulties they may be experiencing. Mentors do not need to have all the answers but can make a huge difference by just simply ‘Being There’. To be a Mentor, you do not need a youth work background, you just need to be a positive role model and are available to give one to two hours a week (which is flexible depending on the young person’s availability and needs as well as your own). The mentoring coordinator recognises the invaluable service the project offers to all young people involved – and is also aware it is not just the young people that benefit but that the mentors also gain a lot from the young people too. Everyone who has been involved in the project is responsible for its success. Without the dedication and generosity of the mentors, there would be no project. We value the commitment and support the mentors offer and the important service the project provides to young people who need it. So why not do something amazing in 2022 and make a difference in a Young Person’s life.
Charity number: 1134427