What support do mentors receive?
You’ll have an initial chat with the Project Co-ordinator, who will explain the project and how it works. Then you’ll receive training in areas such as mentoring skills, mental health awareness and the care system, which will equip you with the confidence and knowledge you need before you are matched with The young woman you’ll be mentoring.
The Project Co-ordinator will be on hand to support and guide you through the mentoring relationship – and there will be opportunities to get together with other mentors and mentees to share experiences and receive further training.
How do I get matched?
The Project Co-ordinator will ask you about your interests, where you live and what you expect from the project. When she’s found a good match, she’ll discuss it with you before arranging your first meeting.
Do I need a criminal record check?
Yes. You will be spending time with vulnerable adults and therefore you will need to have a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check. This is free of charge and will be completed with the Project Co-ordinator. All mentees undergo a risk assessment before starting the mentoring programme to ensure our volunteers’ safety and well-being. You will also need to attend an informal interview and provide details of two referees.
I’d like to become a mentor!
That’s great news. Please download the online application form, then complete it and send it to the Project Co-ordinator who get in touch soon.
Or you can contact The Starting Together Project Co-ordinator Rachel Carder directly on 020 3111 0730 or email email@example.com.