Get Involved

At Safer London, our volunteers are an important part of the support services we provide for young people.

Volunteer mentors

We are looking for a new pool of volunteer mentors to support young people in London.

Our volunteer mentors are a diverse group who provide 1-1 support to young people. As a mentor, you will have skills, empathy and work experience which enable you to build a trusted relationship with your mentee, and provide them with a range of support.

What to expect

We ask our mentors to commit to a minimum of eight hours of mentoring per month, over a period of six months or longer. This will consist of at least three face to face meetings every month. Our mentors usually support one young person at a time and can volunteer as many times as they are able to.

Training and support

Once the application and interview processes have taken place, you will receive extensive training to prepare you for working with a young person. This includes:

  • Introductions, and understanding the young people Safer London supports
  • Safeguarding, health and safety, and lone working
  • ‘Specialist’ topics, such as young people in gangs, Child Sexual Exploitation, mental health, radicalisation, and Harmful Sexual Behaviour.

You will also receive dedicated support from a Mentoring Support Worker, to help you manage your relationship and troubleshoot any issues, if/when they come up.

Our team also spends time to make sure that your personality and skills are a good match for the young person you work with, to ensure the right match for both of you.

What our mentors say

“Mentoring has been very special, to see him grow and achieve everything has really made me feel like I have achieved. He’s been the highlight of my year. I’m really proud, and want to hear all about his success in the future!”

“I met some really interesting people on the mentor training, who were also very enthusiastic about the programme – the training helped us all understand the role in an entertaining and interactive way. I also received a lot of assistance from Safer London in coming up with ideas for mentoring sessions, which was particularly helpful as I am only new to the mentoring role.”

To apply

If mentoring a young person sounds like it could be for you, please contact mentoring@saferlondon.org.uk or call 020 7021 0301.