Y's Girls Volunteer Mentor - YMCA DownsLink Group

Y’s Girls Volunteer Mentor

Job Title: Y’s Girls Volunteer Mentor

Location: Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, UK

Hours: 1-2 hours per week (which will gradually reduce over the 12 month period)

Closing date: 30th April 2023

About the Position

We are looking for volunteers to support vulnerable female-identifying young people between the ages of 9-14, who can act as a positive role model to help them to overcome some of the challenges they may face and helping them to thrive. The volunteer will act as a Mentor, providing a friendly ear, support and guidance and advice on making positive life choices.

Y’s Girls Mentoring is a new community-led mentoring programme implemented by YMCA DownsLink Group in Brighton & Hove. YMCA DownsLink Group is one of 10 YMCAs across the UK implementing the Y’s Girls programme, which adapts and replicates the successful Plusone Mentoring programme model designed by YMCA Scotland. Mentors are trained and supervised by YMCA DownsLink Group.

Y’s Girls aims to

  1. Build more resilient young girls with a vision and ambition for their life, alongside the confidence that they can achieve their potential​
  2. Reduce likelihood of young girls developing mental health concerns, by developing young people’s relationships, skills and alternatives within their communities​
  3. Increase young people’s engagement with school​
  4. Increase young people’s engagement in community based activities

Over a 12 month period, the mentors and young people meet regularly and work together to identify achievable goals that will empower the mentee and build their resilience to enable them to lead fulfilling lives. The sessions offer an informal environment with the opportunity to discuss anything that might be worrying them, from family and personal relationships to lifestyle and education.

Find out more about the Y’s Girls project here.

YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We value diversity and promote inclusion, which we demonstrate through our activities, as well as in our policies and working practices. Reinforced by our culture and values, we seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

YMCA DownsLink Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

The role will close when enough mentors are recruited.

To apply please fill out the form here and email to [email protected]. Please save your application form as “Last Name, First Name, VOLUNTEER APPLICATION”

Further Information

An inclusive workplace – We appreciate the rich diversity of our staff and seek to create a culture where everyone develops and fulfils their potential. We recognise the immense value of different perspectives brought by those with varied backgrounds, characteristics and life experiences. As such, YMCA DLG is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We particularly welcome applications from under-represented sections of the community.

Accessibility – If you require assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact us. If you are local to our Head Office in Hove, we can provide you with a paper copy of the job advert and application form. If you are not local, we can post these to your preferred address. If you require these documents in another format, please let us know.

For more information on our efforts to build an inclusive workplace, and how we can support you with your application, please see the application pack.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure (including the Children’s barred list and the Adults’ barred list) via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Should you require any assistance with our application process, or have any questions regarding volunteering opportunities, please email us at [email protected]


YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

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