Help us transform the future for young people in Reading

Learning support / Mentoring volunteers needed for Starting Point Mentoring

Are you passionate about investing in young people in the Reading area?

Do you have an hour a week spare to share your knowledge, skills, and expertise?

Starting Point has opportunities to mentor local young people who are at risk of exclusion from school or who are not in education, employment, and training. Volunteer Mentors will be fully trained, equipped, and supported to mentor their young person.

Our Aspire Mentoring programme supports young people aged 15-25 throughout their journey of attaining, sustaining, and thriving within education, employment, and training. We do this through carefully matching a young person to a mentor who acts as a consistent role model, tailoring the support to each individuals’ unique needs and aspirations.

Advance Mentoring is for 11-19-year olds who are at risk of exclusion and/or becoming NEET upon leaving education. Like Aspire, mentoring focuses on providing consistent support to a young person and being a positive influence to help them secure a destination for when they leave education or to help them re-engage in school. Mentoring can focus on practical support as well as social-emotional development and wellbeing.

Each young person has barriers that are unique to them – making our relational, tailored, and holistic approach crucial to their success.

Mentoring for a small amount of time can have a transformational impact on the future for young people and we want you to be part of it!

Contact person firstname
Their phone number?
0118 956 7000

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
Additional timing details
We are looking for volunteers who can commit to a minimum of 12 months of volunteering for around 1 hour a week.
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?
Not specified
Is training given?
Training description
Mentor training is conducted at convenient times for our volunteers.
Is support given?
Description of support
Regular contact with Starting Point staff; monthly check-in's; Mentor Toolbox of resources; support through the matching process of mentors to mentees.
Are expenses paid?
Description of expenses
Travel costs and costs of hot/cold drinks if needed.
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Minimum age
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?
Opportunity added on
4 June 2020