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YMCA Positive Placements

YMCA Positive Placements recruits adult volunteers to be trained as mentors in order to support young people towards a positive future. This will involve working with them to improve confidence, build life skills and write CVs to move on to education, training or employment.

Mentors

– Are you non-judgemental, confident and empathic?
– Are you a good listener?
– Do you enjoy getting the best out of people?
– Can you remain calm when faced with anger and frustration?

Do you have a couple of hours a week to spare?

We are looking for YMCA Positive Placement volunteer mentors from a wide range of backgrounds who could be positive role models. We are currently recruiting in Guildford, Horsham, Brighton & Hove and Mid Sussex. Our volunteers should be at a reasonably stable point in their lives and who don’t foresee any major changes in their circumstances over the next 6 to 12 months.

Mentors are asked to commit 1-2 hours per week to meet with a young person.  Also they will undergo a DBS check that we will pay for. We offer initial and ongoing training and monthly peer to peer support as well as 1:1 support.  YMCA DLG will pay for reasonable out of pocket expenses. We also find that YMCA Positive Placements volunteers like to meet up socially and occasionally after team meetings we will go for dinner or a drink as a group.

Many people find mentoring challenging, but rewarding. It can enhance your CV, widen your social circle and enable you to give something back to your community.

 

Businesses

We are looking for businesses in Guildford, Brighton & Hove, Mid Sussex & Horsham to work in partnership with YMCA Positive Placements. Could you offer a young person a step through the door into employment by offering a work experience placement, voluntary work, an apprenticeship or paid employment?

Unsure about setting up an apprenticeship? We can support you to do that. For more information just click here.

Did you know that you could get a grant to set up an apprenticeship? Click here.

Young People

– Are you aged between 16 and 25, unemployed, not in education or training and claiming a benefit?
– Do you live in Horsham, Crawley, Mid Sussex or Guildford?
– Could you benefit from a little bit of extra support?
Then you might be eligible to meet with a YMCA Positive Placements mentor.

This is completely voluntary and a supportive, professional relationship designed to help you focus and achieve your goals for the future.

 Professionals

Do you work with young people aged 16-25 who are NEET (not in employment, education or training) in Brighton & Hove, Horsham or Mid Sussex?  If a young person you are working with feels they could benefit from a YMCA Positive Placements mentor, you can refer them to the project using the contact details.

For more information

For more information and a referral form, call or text:

Brighton & Hove – Gemma Doughty
07850 509702
gemma.doughty@ymcadlg.org

Mid Sussex – Kate Coppock
07881 013758
E kate.coppock@ymcadlg.org

Horsham and general enquiries – Catherine Pardoe
07392 879247
catherine.pardoe@ymcadlg.org

Guildford – Sarah Kinsey-Learoyd
T 07894 405 569
E sarah.learoyd@ymcadlg.org