Volunteering as a mentor
A mentor offers a young person a positive role model and makes the importance of a supportive adult relationship real for them. Additionally, mentoring can connect a young person to the opportunities available to them in the community and provide an opportunity to practice the skills of building positive relationships.
The aim is that mentoring helps the young person to find further opportunities and form other supportive relationships in the informal way that most of us take for granted.
When recruiting participants we look for individuals who are able to commit to a period of at least 18 months. Our mentors come from all walks of life and offer a range of life experiences and skills. Some have overcome significant barriers in their lives such as family breakdown, addiction and homelessness. Some have worked all their lives, raised families, had successful careers and simply want to give something back. It is the variety and richness of our mentor’s life experience which helps to ensure we can match so many young people successfully. We particularly welcome applicants who have themselves experienced the care system.
Being a mentor with Move On will provide an opportunity to meet new people, develop new skills and improve upon existing ones as well as giving something back to the community. Volunteering is also an excellent way to enhance your CV.
All mentors are required to register with Scottish Government’s Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme for people who work with vulnerable groups, to help ensure that those who have regular contact with children and protected adults through paid and unpaid work do not have a known history of harmful behaviour.
The role of a mentor may be challenging and not always be straight forward. Move On’s 30 hour training programme ensures all mentors are fully prepared for all aspects of the role. Participants will have a full understanding of the responsibilities of the mentor, the process of mentoring as well as being fully briefed on working with vulnerable young people.
Continual training and support is available to mentors, including regular meetings with other mentors as well as individual support and supervision sessions with Move On staff.
Full participation in the training and support programme is required, and those involved are expected to participate in a regular and structured manner.