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.
– 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.