What is Mentoring?
Mentoring can mean a lot of different things, but to BLGC a Mentor is someone who will build a positive relationship with a young person who needs someone to listen, guide and support, as well as making fun memories!
What will I be doing as a Mentor?
To build that positive relationship takes time, and so our Mentors and Mentees usually meet for a few hours, every other week, for about 18 months. During that time you can do anything together; go for a walk, grab a milkshake, go to the cinema, make something crafty, try a new sport, the aim is to get to know each other and build that young person’s confidence, self esteem and resilience.
What support will I get?
Before you even get started you will receive full training from our team which will cover safeguarding and practical advice on Mentoring a young person. We also aim to provide additional training throughout your volunteering experience to develop your skills and knowledge. We will provide you with tons of free resources of places to go and things to do. You will also get matched with a Youth Support Coordinator who will get to know you and your mentee to help support your relationship and will always be there for advice and guidance. We host regular group activities for all Mentors and Mentees to get involved in which are fun and a great way to meet others. You can also join us for our regular socials where Mentors can get together to share ideas.
What do I need to be a Mentor?
Our Mentors come from all walks of life and backgrounds, ranging in experience and interests. What connects all our mentors is a shared passion for making a difference for a young person in Bolton.
Whilst you do not need any particular experience or skills as our training will provide you with all you will need, we do ask that Volunteer Mentors are:
- A minimum age of 21
- Are passionate and committed to mentoring a child or young person for at least 18 months
- Can establish a positive long-term relationship with a child/young person and be a positive role model
- Are non-judgemental, good listeners and able to engage with a child/young person
- Are reliable, honest, enthusiastic and fun
- Can adhere to policies and procedures at all times with particular emphasis on equality and diversity, health and safety and safeguarding
- Are able to drive and have access to a vehicle
This sounds great, what do I do next?
If you would like to know more or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Volunteering Team on 01204 540 139 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help. If you have already made your mind up and would like to register your interest then you can start the process now!
- Complete and return an Application Form
- Attend an Informal Chat with one of the team
- Attend and pass our Safeguarding training and Mentor training
- Complete a full, enhanced DBS check (BLGC cover the cost of this)
- Provide two referees
Still got some questions?
When I first met my Mentee, she was a good kid, but she was at a cross roads in her life. She was wanting to do the right thing, but not really knowing how to do it. You can see that she thinks a lot more about her actions now and she models her behaviour for her two little brothers.
We were talking about her aspirations the other day, I asked her if she had aspirations and dreams before she did mentoring and she said no. When I asked her if she had them now, she said she has. She wants to become a teacher.
I wasn’t in school and was having problems at home when I first met my Mentor, now I’ve turned a corner.
We really get along, you’ve got to behave, but you get to do things out and about. It’s sick! She’s funny, but she's strict, but I liked her when I first met her. We do all sorts, we talk about life together and talk about respect, consequences and manners.
You should get one, it’ll help you through life.