Children’s charity Mentor Link is recruiting Volunteer Mentors from the Birmingham area in particular Kings Norton and Northfield to provide one to one support to children and young people in schools. Mentor Link are keen to hear from men who would be interested in becoming a Volunteer Mentor to support a boy to achieve their full potential. Enquiries are also welcome from ladies. The mentors are specially trained to listen to and support young people and aim to improve their self- esteem and engagement in learning. The charity has an excellent track record of success in achieving positive outcomes with children and young people.

If you like a challenge and want to give something back to help make a difference to the lives of vulnerable young people then we would like to hear from you. As one year 9 girl wrote to her mentor , “I am glad I met you as you have allowed me to be who I am today and without you who knows where I would be right now .”

DUE TO THE NATURE OF OUR WORK, AND THE LOCATION OF THE SCHOOLS WE PROVIDE A SERVICE TO, IT IS PREFERRED THAT APPLICANTS HOLD A CURRENT DRIVING LICENCE AND HAVE ACCESS TO A VEHICLE.

Responsibilities and Duties

Meet your mentee at school on a weekly basis, during term time only.
Provide a listening ear, support and encouragement to your mentee.
Ensure that you are both clear about the boundaries of the mentoring relationship and operate within those boundaries at all times.

Ensure that confidentiality is maintained, but that the limits of that confidentiality are understood
Take responsibility for developing the mentoring relationship, ensuring that mentoring goals remain the key focus of the mentoring sessions.

Seek out any additional information which you think your mentee would find helpful, eg. information on courses or careers.
Be vigilant about potential safeguarding issues and immediately refer any disclosures/concerns to the designated person at the school and your Mentor Link contact.

Communicate any other needs or concerns in a timely and professional manner.
Let the school and Mentor Link know if you cannot attend an appointment or if you foresee any reason why you will be unavailable for a period of time.

Attend compulsory Induction and Safeguarding Training within the allotted timescale (this will take place on a weekday between 9.30am and 3.45pm) and any other training offered as you feel meets your needs/interests.

Follow the Mentor Link policies and procedures when carrying out your role.

Ensure that there is a positive ending to the relationship, for the mentee and yourself.
Qualifications and Skills

No previous experience of mentoring is needed as we are looking for people with life experiences and enthusiasm who can give an hour a week. We have short films available on our website about our mentors who have supported young people, so for further information see www.mentorlink.org.uk 

Mentor Link are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. This role is subject to safer recruitment checks, including 2 satisfactory references and an Enhanced DBS certificate.

As part of our Induction programme Mentor Link provides Induction training, and on-going training and travel expenses. We have a dedicated and experienced team of staff to support you in your role.

No specific qualifications or work experiences are required for this role, but it is essential that you:

Can relate to children and young people
Are punctual, reliable and can commit to a minimum 6 month period.
Have excellent listening and communication skills
Are empathetic, kind and encouraging
Have patience, flexibility and a willingness to persevere
Are non-judgemental and open minded.
Have a mature outlook on life and a desire to help young people.