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Break recruits and trains volunteers to support young people who access Break’s services. Break expanded into Cambridgeshire at the end of 2018 with its Staying Close, Staying Connected project, supporting care leavers into independent living. We are looking for mentors who can commit to a couple of hours every other week for a minimum of 12 month - to develop a positive and trusting relationship; increase self confidence and raise the young person’s self esteem; support and encourage young people to reach their full potential; help them achieve their personal goals and develop their skills.

Volunteer Mentor

This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

Break has been running for 50 years in Norwich and has now expanded past Norfolk to Cambridgeshire. We are looking to find a positive role model for young people in the Cambridge and Cambridgeshire area. Are you; able to relate to young people; able to listen; non-judgemental and accepting of other people as they are; able to inspire, encourage and motivate; friendly, patient and have a good sense of humour along with being over 18? Do you think you can offer something to a young person who has left care? We ask for a commitment of 12 months, offering to meet a maximum of once every 2 weeks for a couple of hours. As each young person’s needs are different, the type of contact a mentor has with a young person will vary, but may consist of things such as casual meetings e.g. going out for lunch or walks, helping young people access local community activities or assisting researching employment or educational opportunities, as well as any activities the young person might want to undertake. We will reimburse money spent on travelling and undertaking activities through an online expenses system which we will explain. We have an induction process including a safe care interview, training and a formal interview. You would be matched with a mentee who has volunteered for the service and offered supervision and other support. CowsaboutCambridge 2020 is an Art Project that will be taking place next year in Cambridge, Break is the charity that will benefit from the auctioning off of cows at the end of the 10 week trail. The funds raised will support the Charity to continue its work with care leavers as support is available for life, there is no age limit for our young people to access the Staying Connected team.

More Information

Key Purpose: A Volunteer Mentor provides support for vulnerable young people, meeting on a regular one-to-one basis. They should be non-judgemental, confidential and aiming to guide, encourage, and motivate the young person. They should be committed to focusing upon the positive, and moving at a pace comfortable to the young person. Key Tasks: To negotiate and agree practical arrangements to meet with the young person To explain and establish boundaries of relationship To identify, agree and set goals with the young person –in small stages and over a period of time To encourage and enable the young person to enjoy their achievements To meet and actively develop the mentoring relationship through the stages of trust To provide basic advice and information according to the young person’s needs To support a young person both emotionally and practically, referring back to the Co-ordinator Role specification, our induction process and leaflet will be sent across to you along with our application. Our process is thorough to make you a part of our team and to make sure that you are right for the role.
  • Your CampusCambridge, Peterborough
  • InterestsAnimals, Art and Design, Befriending and Mentoring, Children and Youth, Disability, Food, Health, Homelessness, Music, Drama and Creative Arts, Sport and Recreation
  • FrequencyOn-Going

Employability skills

  • Communication and Literacy 0
  • Critical Thinking 0
  • Emotional Intelligence 0
  • Negotiation and Influencing 0
  • Problem-solving 0
  • Resilience 0
  • Self-Management 0
  • Social Responsibility 0