Our mentoring programmes match young people who have been affected by gangs, or are at risk of offending, with volunteers who want to help them reach their full potential.
Safer London’s mentoring is one of a kind. We spend a lot of time making sure our young people are matched with the right volunteer – with similar interests, and skills that can help them. We also support our volunteers every step of the way. Our volunteers are supervised, supported, and expertly trained.
For young people
Spending time with a mentor can be life-changing. It gives you the chance to think about what you want to achieve, and what support you need to do that.
Mentoring sessions include sport, trips out, and help with CVs or school work, but really it’s up to you to decide what you think will benefit you. Your mentor will be chosen carefully so that they have skills and interests that are right for you.
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. We ask our mentors to commit to eight hours each month over a period of six months or longer.
Training and support for volunteers
Once the application process has taken place, you will receive extensive training to prepare you for working with a young person. This will include:
- Introductions to working with young people
- Keeping young people and yourself safe
- ‘Specialist’ topics, such as gangs, mental health, radicalisation, and harmful sexual behaviour.
You will also receive ongoing support from a Mentoring Support Worker, to help you if any issues 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.
If being matched with a mentor sounds like it would help you or a young person you know – or if you would like to volunteer see our Volunteer Mentor Role Description and to apply please complete the Volunteer mentor application form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11 September 2017.