Our vision is to ensure children, young people and families reach their full potential and shape their own futures in a safe and creative environment

Break is recruiting Volunteer Mentors

Could you be a Volunteer Mentor? Apply by 12 September

Mentoring is a one-to-one, non-judgmental relationship in which an individual volunteer gives their time to support and encourage another.

As part of their mentoring service, Break is looking for committed individuals who have a few hours to spare every couple of weeks over a sustained period of time, to support young people with disabilities, young people in care or moving on to independence, and young carers.

The aims of the service are to:

• Develop a positive and trusting relationship

• Increase self confidence and raise the young person’s self- esteem

• Support and encourage young people to fulfil their potential

• Help them achieve their personal goals and develop their skills

As each young person’s needs are different, the type of contact a mentor has with a young person will vary, but may consist of things such as casual meetings, e.g. going out for lunch or walks, helping young people access local community activities, or assisting researching employment or education opportunities.

The kind of volunteers we are looking for are:

• able to relate to young people

• able to listen with good communication skills

• non-judgemental and accepting of other people as they are

• able to inspire, encourage and motivate

• friendly, patient and with a good sense of humour

Mentors are carefully recruited, going through a formal application, training programme and interviews. We also take up references and an Enhanced Criminal Records check. Ongoing training and regular supervision is provided, and Break also pays expenses and mileage for the mentors.

The Mentoring and Befriending Foundation states that Mentoring makes a real difference to people who, often at a time of transition or change, find that they need the dedicated support of another person to help them navigate their way through. It covers a range of supportive and purposeful activities involving the development of a relationship in which one person, who is not family or close friend, gives time to support and encourage another to make changes in their life.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, please contact either:

Laura Gaff:  laura.gaff@break-charity.org, or 07787538918

Or Amanda Brindle: Amanda.brindle@break-charity.org or 07799478324

Closing date for applications is 12 September

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