Volunteer Mentor

Locations: Across Bolton

Duration: Each match is young person centered and so the duration varies by each relationship, however is reviewed every 6 months, 12 months and 18months.

Times: Flexible, you meet with your mentee for a few hours every other week at a time and day that works for the both of you.

 

About the role

Our Mentors make a huge difference to the lives of our young people. You will be matched with a young person who needs support in building their resilience, confidence, and self esteem, and meet fortnightly to reach these goals. It is also incredibly rewarding experience for you, developing your own skills. As well as meeting your Mentee every other week, you will also have regular contact with your Coordinator and a quarterly supervision where you will receive guidance and support. This is an incredible opportunity to make a huge difference to a young persons live. For more information on Mentoring, please visit our dedicated Mentoring pages.

Read the full role description here

Read FAQ’s on Mentoring here

About you

You don’t need any previous experience as we provide you with training, but what we do ask is that you are;

  • At least 21 years old.
  • Passionate and committed to mentoring a young person for at least 12 Months.
  • Can build a positive long term relationship with a young person and be a role model.
  • Are non-judgmental, an excellent listener, and able to engage with a young person on their level.
  • Are reliable, honest, enthusiastic, and fun.
  • The ability to drive and have access to a vehicle is essential for this role. (if you do not have access to a vehicle, our Young Carers Volunteer role may be of interest to you, please see below for more information.

What next?

Complete an application form and return it to the volunteering team at volunteering@blgc.co.uk. We will then invite you in for a chat to find out a bit more about you, and discuss the next steps in becoming a BLGC volunteer.

Young Carers Mentor

Locations: Mainly based in the Youth Club at Spa Road, with some activities in the community.

Duration: We aim to provide a consistent, trusted and meaningful relationship for Young Carers and so we ask that volunteers can commit to at least 6 months.

Times: Monthly group activities, Wednesday 4:30pm – 6:30pm, dates TBC

About the role

Our new Young Carers Service aims to improve the lives of young carers through support and opportunities to access positive activities to improve their well being, reduce isolation and meet other young people. As a Young Carers Volunteer you will be part of a small specialised team assisting the Young Carers Support Worker to provide monthly ‘chill out’ sessions where young carers can come together and have some fun! Your role will be to support young people to join in activities and meet new friends, as well as providing opportunities for young carers to access one to one support from you, someone to open up to, listen and support them.  As the service develops we aim to provide more opportunities for young carers that will need support from volunteers such as trips out and a young carers forum.

Read the full role description here

Read our dedicated Young Carers pages here to find out more about our new service.

About you

You don’t need any previous experience as we provide you with training, but what we do ask is that you are;

  • At least 21 years old.
  • Passionate and committed to supporting young carers for at least 6 months.
  • Can build a positive long term relationship with young person and be a role model.
  • Are non-judgmental, an excellent listener, and able to engage with young people on their level.
  • Are reliable, honest, enthusiastic, and fun.

What next?

Complete an application form and return it to the volunteering team at volunteering@blgc.co.uk. We will then invite you in for a chat to find out a bit more about you, and discuss the next steps in becoming a BLGC volunteer.

Independent Visitor

Locations: Across Bolton

Duration: We ask for a minimum of 18 months as it takes a while to build a meaningful relationship with a young person and be a consistent role model.

Times: Flexible for 2 hours every two-three weeks.

 

About the role

All local authorities have a statutory duty to provide an Independent Visitor’s service in accordance with the Children Act 1989 (Schedule 2 Paragraph 17) and the Children and Young Persons Act (2008). As a Volunteer Independent Visitor you will befriend a young person in care, or leaving care. Many of these young people move regularly or do not have a positive relationship with an adult who they can depend on, and so as a volunteer Independent Visitor you will provide opportunities for that young person to develop a meaningful, consistent and long-term relationship.

Read the full role description here

Independent Visitor FAQ’s

About you

You don’t need any previous experience as we provide you with training, but what we do ask is that you are;

  • At least 21 years old.
  • Passionate and committed to mentoring a young person for at least 12 Months.
  • Can build a positive, stable, long term relationship with a young person and be a role model.
  • Are non judgemental, an excellent listener, and able to engage with a young person on their level.
  • Able to understand the circumstances and issues a young person in care may face.
  • Can promote the child or young person’s developmental, social, emotional, educational, cultural and religious needs.
  • Can value and respect the wishes and feelings of the child or young person and where necessary represent their wishes and interests to other significant persons.
  • Are reliable, honest, enthusiastic, and fun.
  • The ability to drive and have access to a vehicle is essential for this role.

What next?

Complete an application form and return it to the volunteering team at volunteering@blgc.co.uk. We will then invite you in for a chat to find out a bit more about you, and discuss the next steps in becoming a BLGC volunteer.