How do I get paired up with my mentee?
The project you choose to volunteer on will determine the age of your mentee and in some cases the sex. Some of our projects are single sex with same sex mentoring.
During the first few sessions we will look at how the mentors and mentees get on during ice-breaker and team-building activities. Then after a discussion with you and the other mentors on the project, and taking into account any referral information we have on the young people, we will pair you up with a young person that we feel you will work with well.
Will I work with the same young person each week?
Yes. We believe that both the young person and volunteer gain most from the mentoring experience when they have the chance to get to know one another and build a strong mentoring relationship. Therefore we try to make sure you mentor the same young person each week.
Do I need previous experience working with young people?
Experience of working with young people can be advantageous but is not mandatory. Many people volunteer with us to gain such experience and we will support you throughout your volunteering.
What if I have to stop mentoring before the project finishes?
We ask volunteers to commit to a mentoring project for a minimum of 6 months and ask our volunteers to consider carefully if they can make this commitment before signing up. Occasionally there are mentors who have to end the relationship early for unavoidable reasons in which case we would ask that you follow the guidance from your training to end the relationship positively. We will then attempt to find a new mentor for the young person.
When and where do the projects run?
Our projects run in both Manchester and London (Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Camden), on weekday afternoons or evenings. Please have a look at our project timetable by clicking here.
Are my travel expenses paid?
Yes, we pay travel expenses in line with our volunteer policy. Ask your volunteer manager how to claim.
Do I have to pay for my DBS check?
No, we will cover the cost of the DBS and help you to complete it successfully.
If I have a previous caution or conviction on my DBS disclosure does that exclude me from volunteering?
Not necessarily. Let us know as soon as you decide you want to volunteer and we will discuss the disclosure and circumstances with you.