Volunteer mentors make a difference to individuals and the community
Over the last 15 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:
- Hidden Carers - our new volunteering project recognises the vital role of hidden carers, who may be caring for friends, relatives or neighbours and need to improve their confidence and skills in English to access carer support.
- Time Together - recruits and trains volunteers as mentors to support refugees and asylum seekers in the West Midlands.
- Talking Together - TimeBank’s exciting volunteering project in London, Birmingham and Leicester offering informal and flexible language teaching to long-term UK residents who have little or no knowledge of English.
- 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.