Mentor

Voice of Young People in Care

Hours

2-3 hrs per week
Minimum - 6 months

Where we are

Northern Area (Ballymena Office)
Voice of Young People In Care
1st Floor, 6 Garfield Place
Ballymena
BT43 6EH

About the Volunteer Opportunity

Voypic are currently recruiting Volunteer Mentors to provide support to young adults leaving care. Volunteer Mentors support young adults aged 16 – 25 to set and achieve goals and to improve their support in their local communities.

Volunteer Mentors (18 years old and over) support young care leavers aged 16 – 25, to set and achieve goals and improve their support network in their local communities.

Mentors offer young adults the opportunity to talk to someone independently about their education, work, family life, friendships, or any other aspects of their life they want to talk about. Mentors help young adults develop life skills, build confidence and improve their emotional health and wellbeing.

Following training, Volunteer Mentors are matched with a young care leaver in their area. Over a period of 6 – 12 months, they meet regularly with the young adult to:

  • Spend time building a relationship with them
  • Help them to identify and achieve their goals e.g. personal, educational and social
  • Talk to them about plans for their future
  • Help them identify and take part in local community activities, supports and services
  • Support them to connect with their local community
  • Help them build a sustainable, stable support network
 

All VOYPIC volunteers will have a full induction to the organisation, including safeguarding training. In addition, Mentors receive:

  • Mentoring training – a bespoke training programme to develop coaching skills
  • Support from a named member of the VOYPIC team, including regular support and supervision sessions
  • Regular contact and support from your peers and the VOYPIC Engagement Team
  • Access to VOYPIC in-house training opportunities
  • Membership of MyVOYPIC, with regular updates about VOYPIC’s work, activities and opportunities.
 

Because of the support Mentors provide, we ask that you commit to volunteering for a period of not less than 6 months from when you are matched with a young adult. Overall commitment includes:

  • Attending induction and coaching skills training (held in the evenings and/or weekends) 
  • Meeting weekly with the care leaver for 1 – 2 hours (at a time agreed with the young person, which may involve meeting in the evening or weekends) 
  • Attending a monthly group support and supervision session with other Volunteer Mentors in your area 
 

Are expenses covered?

 Out-of-pocket expenses incurred while meeting young adults will be reimbursed Travel expenses will be reimbursed

About the Organisation

VOYPIC was created up in 1993 by a group of young people in care and professionals.

Our job is to promote the rights and voice of children in care and care leavers.

We want every child in care to have a safe, stable, and positive experience of care, and to be involved in
decisions about their life.

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Register your interest

Volunteers may be required to complete an Access NI disclosure for some volunteering roles.  A criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a volunteer position.