We are looking for Youth and Parent Mentors across Meath and Dublin

Your Time, Your Support, Your Kindness has the ability to change lives!

Becoming a Youth or Parent Mentor with Le Chéile, you have an opportunity to empower either young people referred by the Probation Service and other Youth Justice Services or their parents. These are young people involved in or at risk of offending.

As a Youth Mentor, you have a first-hand opportunity to make a real impact in the lives of vulnerable young people by being a positive role model and providing support.

As a Parent Mentor you will be supporting these parents and helping them identify and develop their own parenting skills base; while improving their confidence, motivation and stress management skills through a positive peer relationship.

Who we’re looking for?

You don’t need a specialist background or any previous experience, we’re just looking for people from across Meath and Dublin with a passion to make a difference in their community and a commitment to being a personable, positive and reliable Mentor. To be a bit more specific, we’re looking for volunteers over the age of 21 with diverse backgrounds and different interests that can make a connection and build a positive mentoring relationship.

What’s involved?

Once you’re fully trained, you’ll be matched with a young person or parent and mentoring sessions will take place once a week, depending on availability. These sessions aim to provide support and encouragement through doing activities together, such as bowling, going to the cinema or just meeting for a bite to eat and a chat. Le Chéile covers all costs; all you give is your time.

Our volunteering is also fully-flexible, meaning you can meet during the day, evenings or weekends. All we ask is that you agree to make a commitment of one to three hours per week.

What support do we offer?

Before becoming a fully-fledged Mentor, we offer a full training programme designed to ensure that you feel confident and ready before being matched. You will also have the support of a trained coordinator who will be able to offer advice and guidance whenever needed and regular group sessions with other Mentors to learn from their experiences and discuss different challenges. Optional ongoing training is also provided in specialist areas throughout the year.

What will you get out of it?

  • As a volunteer Mentor, you have an opportunity to encourage positive change in a parent’s relationship with their child, which can ultimately lead to that young person changing their patterns of behaviour and turning their life around.
  • You have a chance to experience new opportunities, meet other Mentors and learn from their stories and skills.
  • If you’re looking to gain practical experience in the social care and youth justice field, Mentoring is a great way to develop your personal and professional skill set.

Recruitment Process.

Our recruitment process includes an application form, interview, reference checks and Garda vetting. You may then be invited to training which will be held across three days and one evening in September: the 11th September (evening), 15th September, 16th September and 22nd September.

For more information contact Maxine Kelly, National Volunteer Development Officer at maxine@lecheile.ie or call on 087 201 6801 / 01 214 4352. You can also apply online using the link below.

Closing Date for applications is Friday 10th August 2018.

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