Volunteer Mentor 2021/22 - Virtual Opportunity

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Can you spare 1-2 hours a week in 2021-22 to help a young person grow in character and attainment?

The Projects
ReachOut Club – One-to-one and group mentoring for young people in primary school. Projects run on weekday afternoons, 3.30-5.00pm between October 2021 - April 2022.

Currently training for these roles is all online but if lockdown restrictions are lifted by September, we will look into returning to face-to-face mentoring. 

As a Mentor you'll work with the same young person each week. Sessions of between 10-16 young people and 10-16 mentors take place weekly and are led by a Project Leader. You will be matched one-to-one with a mentee who you will support for the academic year. In your pairings and in group sessions, you will take part in character building activities and modules that allow the young people to gain knowledge and skills of the real world.

Due to the one-to-one elements of the work, you develop an amazing relationship with your mentee over the course of the year being able to see first-hand them grow and develop.

ReachOut is also a hugely sociable organisation. We run socials throughout the year to thank our mentors for their commitment and allow them to meet other mentors from projects all over Greater Manchester. We work with around 200 mentors in the region this is a brilliant networking and social opportunity!

You don't require any experience to become a ReachOut mentor as we provide all the training you will need. We run two short sessions before you begin on a project. The first is an interactive session which allows you to meet fellow mentors and learn some practical tips for working with your mentee. The second is a webinar style session which details logistical information and safeguarding processes. There are also some online modules that will cement your knowledge!

On-going Support
Each session is led by an experienced Project Leader who is always on hand to offer support and answer your queries. Your Project Leader is also there to support you. Many of our Project Leaders began as mentors and we are really keen for as many mentors as possible to develop into this role in the future. If you are keen to take on more of a leadership role, your Project Leader can help you develop those skills. You will meet many other members of the ReachOut team throughout your time mentoring who are there to support you in any way they can. Your Volunteer Officer, Becky, will always be available and happy to help in any way she can to ensure that you can provide the best support for your mentee and get the most from your volunteering experience.

What we expect of you
All we ask is that you can spare 1-2 hours a week and are committed, enthusiastic and positive. Before starting we ask all our volunteers to complete a DBS check (which we organise), provide references and to attend both training sessions.

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Required Role

Volunteer Mentor 2021/22 - Virtual Opportunity

Key responsibilities

Volunteers will support a young person by providing 1:1 mentoring. Sessions are led by experienced project leaders so mentors won't be responsible for the young people, just there to guide and support them.

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  • Non-discriminatory
  • Non-judgemental
  • Positive attitude
  • Team Work

Desirable Skills

  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Interpersonal
  • Listening
  • Mentoring and counselling
  • Non-discriminatory
  • Non-judgemental
  • Positive attitude
  • Time Management

Skill to gain

  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Initiative
  • Interpersonal
  • Listening
  • Mentoring and counselling
  • Negotiation and influencing
  • Non-discriminatory
  • Non-judgemental
  • Teaching and training
  • Team Work
  • Time Management
  • Networking
  • Opportunity and Recognition

When can you do this role/Calendar

Minimum commitment level: Once a week

Start Date: 01-10-2021

Start Time: 03:30 PM

End Date: 01-05-2022

End Time: 05:30 PM

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  2. MORNING monday
  3. MORNING tuesday
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  5. MORNING thursday
  6. MORNING friday
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  2. AFTERNOON monday
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  4. AFTERNOON wednesday
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  2. EVENING monday
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To one-click apply for this opportunity you need to have completed the following:

  • You need to have an active account on this website
  • You need to have an active volunteering account
  • You need to have fully completed the volunteering profile set-up