We’re looking for mentors in Glasgow to help support vulnerable young people to achieve personal goals, increase their skills and confidence and build their positive social networks.
The young people we support are displaying “at risk” signs. These signs may include poor performance at school, welfare issues, lack of positive social networks, anxiety or being bullied.
We match a mentor with a young person to meet once a week to work together towards a goal of the young person’s choice. Young people often choose recreation or leisure goals, such as learning to play guitar, going to the gym or taking a cookery class.
The impact you can have
The role of a mentor is to provide a supportive relationship to help a young person achieve a realistic goal of their choice. The emphasis is to connect the young person with social, cultural and leisure opportunities, then support them to build their confidence, skills, potential and positive social networks.
Mentors also often support and assist the young person to maintain, re-engage with or seek out education, training and employment opportunities.
Teresa shares how her mentor changed her life
What being a mentor involves
We will provide extensive volunteer training before you are matched with a young person, so you feel completely ready for your new role.
After you have been matched with a young person, one of our team will take you both out a couple of times so you can get to know each other.
You will then meet up with the young person one-to-one in Glasgow for a couple of hours every week to work towards a goal of their choice.
We will arrange the activities for a day of the week and time that suits you and the young person best.
Full expenses are provided.
Catrine shares her experience of being a mentor to a young person
A rewarding opportunity
Mentoring is often as life-changing for mentors as it is for young people. Mentors regularly tell us that they feel more confident, less stressed and have a better sense of purpose in their life.
As well as a way to develop personally, our mentoring service is a unique opportunity to enhance your CV, with mentors improving their leadership and management skills, and many employers highly valuing volunteering.
Importantly our mentoring service is a great way to learn new skills and have fun – whether you’re learning to speak a new language, playing a sport or trying your hand at arts and crafts!
Our mentoring service is accredited by the Scottish Mentoring Network and won their Social Care Project of the Year award in 2018.
If you’re interested in becoming a mentor to a young person in Glasgow, please contact Laura on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0141 221 2272.
Full training will be provided via Zoom and is due to start at the end of January 2022.
The training will include:
- An introduction to mentoring
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Trauma awareness
- Child protection
- Boundaries and personal safety