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We need passionate volunteers who are enthusiastic about investing in the young people of Reading

Learning support / Mentoring volunteers needed for Starting Point Mentoring

Starting Point supports young people aged 11-25 through three mentoring programmes: Aspire Mentoring, Advance Mentoring & Aware Mentoring.

Aspire Mentoring: Supports young people aged 15-25 to attain, sustain and thrive within education, employment, and training.

Advance Mentoring:  Supports young people aged 11 – 19 to thrive inside and outside of education.

Aware Mentoring: Supports young people aged 11 – 25 who are at risk of exploitation, offending or youth violence.

Our mentors are all volunteers, who come from all walks of life and they are keen to journey alongside young people.

Our volunteer mentors are a crucial support in two key ways:

They offer practical support – for example, helping a young person come up with a study timetable, helping identify and apply for appropriate employment, education or training opportunities, or access work experience and voluntary placements.

They support the young person with social-emotional development and wellbeing – for example, helping them grow in areas such as confidence, self-esteem, a positive mental attitude, and aspiration.

Mentoring at Starting Point takes a relational, tailored, and holistic approach. By taking time to get to know mentees and taking a genuine interest in them, the young person is treated as an individual and supported accordingly. It is through this approach that we see the biggest impact upon the lives of the young people we support.

Given this, and to ensure young people are consistently supported, it is important that mentors can commit to a minimum of 12 months of volunteering for around 1 hour a week.

We need passionate volunteers who are enthusiastic about investing in the young people of Reading.

Contact person firstname
Darlyn Anaminyi,
Their phone number?
0118 956 7000
0118 995 2160

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
11 June 2021

Read more about Starting Point Mentoring