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Volunteer Mentors - Children's Social Services

Volunteering can be a rewarding way to use your spare time.   If you are looking for an interesting and worthwhile opportunity, then Children’s Social Services could really benefit from your time and experience.
The Family & Adolescent Support team recruit Volunteers to act as Mentors for Children & Young People.

What is Mentoring? 
Mentoring is a one to one relationship designed to offer support and encouragement on a one to basis.   A Mentor and a Young Person meet regularly (generally weekly) to work towards agreed goals and discuss any issues or problems. Each Mentoring experience varies greatly from the next and much will depend on the personality and the needs of the mentee.   The Mentoring process can last for up to 12 months.

Young People have told us that they want Mentors who are:

  • Friendly
  • Good listeners
  • Confidence builders
  • Reliable

What you will get out of being a Volunteer Mentor

  • The satisfaction that you are making a difference to a Young Person. 
  • The opportunity to develop skills and knowledge which may help you in a future career.     
  • A wide range of ongoing quality training.  
  • Support through group & individual supervision.   
  • Fun!   We really hope that Volunteers enjoy their sessions with young people.    

What we expect from Mentors 
Our volunteer mentors come from all walks of life.  We don’t expect you to have specific qualifications or experience.  We will help you to develop these skills.    We are looking for people with good communication skills and commitment to supporting young people.  Following an informal interview, a criminal record disclosure check will be undertaken.  We also require two satisfactory references.  Mentors are required to complete diary sheets and attend a monthly team meeting.    It is also necessary that your car insurance covers you for voluntary work.   

What our Volunteers say 
"I love being a volunteer mentor because you really feel you are helping in a young person’s life when they need it most, which in turn does help their family too. "We have fun too and there is a nice rapport between mentors in our monthly get together" 

‘I thoroughly enjoy the role, it is interesting and challenging and I look forward to every session with my mentee.’ 

‘I’ve learnt a lot about myself and it’s also given me the confidence to try new things’

‘It’s rewarding to see young people grow and gain self esteem’ 

I like to think I can offer useful guidance whilst having fun and challenging young people to try new opportunities. Working as a volunteer mentor has been rewarding for me, it has allowed to me use my skills in a beneficial way and really have the opportunity to shape someone's life for the better 

‘I feel as though I’m giving something back to the community’ 

What Next? 
If you are interested in becoming one of our volunteers, contact Andrea Wade, Volunteer Mentor Service, FAST, Children’s Social Services, County Offices, Chapel Street, Flint.  Tel: Andrea Wade 01352 701089 or email Mentoring@flintshire.gov.uk

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