Volunteer training programme.
We run our own volunteer training programme which equips each person with the skills required to mentor one of young people.
It has been proven that seeking out and receiving appropriate support increases the success and sustainability of a person's recovery.
Service users have told us that they like speaking to "non-professionals" because they feel like they're speaking to someone who cares and wants to help.
New Training Programme
Due to the success of out previous volunteer training programmes, we can't wait to start working with some new volunteers.
We've made some changes so that you can get the most out of the programme. Here's what you can expect ....
We will be running our new training programmes in smaller groups of approximately 3-4 people. We have modified the training template to incorporate elements of self care.
It's important to note that we use a people centred approach when working with our young people.
We work differently to statutory services.
Emotional attachment is a huge part of our work. Working so closely with people, it's only natural. Therefore, it's important that we learn how to manage it.
Having personal/lived experience can either help or hinder the support we offer.
It's worth considering that some people, given the nature of the support we provide, may find working with young people, triggering.
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We are a supportive organisation and are here to support our service users.
It should be noted that we will support and advise you throughout your experience, however any unresolved personal issues will not be dealt with by us.
As I'm sure you can appreciate, volunteering is for the good of the young person not to work on individuals troubles.
What you will get out of it ...
Mentoring gives you the chance to make a real difference to someone's life.
An opportunity to meet and work with a range of different people/
Regular training and development opportunities will allow you to develop new and existing skills.
It's great experience that will elevate your CV.
Our training course consists of 4 weekly sessions, lasting 3 hours.
On completion of the training, we'd expect you to dedicate 2 hours each week to supporting your young person. Consistency is important in supporting young people - this should be kept in mind when applying for one of our training programmes.
In your role as a mentor you will:
Offer young people support, reducing social isolation and helping them with their emotional stability.
Offer practical, non-judgemental support to individuals who need it.
Help the young person to access or maintain community activities – i.e. health services, shops, parks and community centres.
Give the young person support with issues which concern them. Like providing information about organisations that could help them with things like housing or benefits.