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Support young people to attain, sustain and thrive within education, employment and training

Learning support / Mentoring volunteers needed for Starting Point

We aim to journey alongside and support young people to attain, sustain and thrive within education, employment and training. Offering a starting point for a brighter and more hopeful future.

We are seeking volunteers who are able to offer 1 hour a week to provide both practical support and a listening ear?

Practical support includes:

  • Preparing CVs
  • Developing interview skills
  • Job searching and completing application forms
  • Attending college open days and job fairs
  • Introducing a young person to potential business contacts

Well-being and social support includes:

  • Being a listening ear
  • Building confidence and self-esteem
  • Helping overcome fears such as talking over the phone or using public transport
  • Developing skills for the workplace such as time-keeping, conflict resolution and communication skills

“Volunteering a small amount of time once a week has the potential to change someone’s life.”

Organisation
Contact person firstname
Keren Newnham, Mentoring Lead
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
0118 956 7000
Mobile?
07825 331 262

Location description
Across Reading
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few hours a month
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMTue AMTue PMWed AMWed PMThu AMThu PMFri AMFri PMSat AM
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Learning support / Mentoring
Will suit someone like this:
Enjoys variety and changeSelf organised/motivatedHappy to work soloGood sense of humourSociablePatientSupportive
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Yes
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Mentor training is conducted at convenient times for our volunteers
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Regular contact with Starting Point staff; monthly check-ins; Mentor Toolbox of resources; support through the matching process of mentors to mentees
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Travel costs and costs of hot/cold drinks if needed
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Yes
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
30
Opportunity added on
7 February 2020

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