Volunteer mentors make a difference to individuals and the community
Over the last ten years, we’ve seen how powerful volunteer mentors can be. Mentoring works because everyone’s different. And through one-to-one support, every individual’s needs can be addressed. Multiply that by 10, 50, a hundred people, and you create change - not only in individuals but also in the community.
Our current mentoring projects are:
- Starting Together - Our new mentoring project supports young women who are leaving care, at a time when they are susceptible to anxiety, depression, teenage pregnancy or unemployment.
- Carers Together - Volunteer mentors support carers either face-to-face or online, aiming to reduce social isolation, improve well-being and help carers cope with the stresses and strains of caring.
- The Switch - An exciting project that matches volunteer mentors with young people who are living with mental health issues like depression, anxiety or self-harm.
- Leaders Together - Volunteer mentors support leaders of small community organisations to build their capacity and meet local needs.
- Shoulder to Shoulder - Ex-Service personnel with mental health problems are supported by a mentor to successfully resettle into civilian life.
Training and support
Our projects are so successful because our volunteers are carefully matched with the person they support (their mentee). Both groups receive training, advice and ongoing support from a dedicated project coordinator at TimeBank.