We’re looking for volunteer mentors, and you could be one of them

Volunteering as a mentor in your local community can make a huge difference to the life of a young Londoner. Apply now to be matched with a young person, and offer them a range of support – be that to find employment, to do fun activities such as sport or days out, or simply to become a trusted and friendly face.

It was brilliant to help Kayleigh to realise her potential, as well as find ideas and inspiration she might not have discovered before.

Our mentors work one to one with young people in London who gang affected, or at risk of offending. We ask our mentors to commit to eight hours of mentoring per month, over a period of six months or longer.

Mentoring is hugely valuable both for the young person and for the mentor themselves – so if you’re still hunting for the right New Year’s resolution, look no further.

Why mentor?

Mentors build a unique relationship with the young person they are matched with: they are a trusted point of contact in a very different way that the young person might be used to, such as through school, or through one of the statutory services.

And the outcomes? Young people who have been matched with a mentor are less likely to offend in the future. They tell us how life changing it can be to have someone who recognises their potential. They tell us how important it is to have someone who listens to them.

Why now?

We recruit our mentors in waves, so that each and every one can access a suite of training to make sure that volunteers feel ready and confident to meet with their mentee, and know what to do should any problems come up.

If you would like to be part of this wave of recruitment, please contact mentoring@saferlondon.org.uk to find out more, or give the Safer London office a call on 020 7021 0301.