Inspiring hope, believing in change
Le Chéile Mentoring is a national, volunteer mentoring and family support service, which works with young people and their families, where the young person is involved in or at risk of offending.
Our vision statement is for every young person at risk to have the right supports at the right time, to make the most of their lives.
Young People Mentored
Young People in the RJ Programme
“If you are being offered a service like that, grab it with both hands because it really really helps, it really does help, I don’t think anyone wants to go to jail.”
“My time with Le Chéile has given me the chance to learn, not only by their training programs, but also from the people you meet along the way. It is very rewarding to be able to help young adults or parents, to offer support and guidance. To see someone develop personally and want to change as the mentoring sessions progress is very rewarding.”
“For the first time, I met people who listened, who told me I mattered, that I was worth hearing and worth helping – that I was a person in my own right, as well as being a wife, mother, employee etc. – that it wasn’t selfish or weak to ask for help or to put myself first sometimes.”
“They (your Mentor) bring you out, you have something to do, you stay off the streets instead of messing about with your mates. They help you with a lot.”
“Le Chéile threw me a lifeline – the simple ‘How are you doing?’ texts, the taking me out, the time devoted to me, the gift of feeling alive again – will not be forgotten.”
“No words can explain how giving 1-2 hours a week as a “volunteer”, the feeling you get when you see a person grow and want to make changes in their life because they have someone who meets with them and believes in them.”
Le Chéile believes in volunteer-led mentoring and our team of trained and committed volunteers across the country are the foundation of the organisation. It is our volunteer mentors who work directly with most of the young people and parents referred to our service and they provide support, encouragement, a listening ear and inspiration to reach goals or overcome challenges.
February NVC Meeting
This month we hosted the first of our 2023 National Volunteer Committee (NVC) Meetings. The NVC is a forum to reflect the voice, interests and ideas of volunteers in the decision making process and governance of Le Chéile. Two volunteers from each of our regions make...
New Membership Alert – Befriending Networks
Le Cheile is delighted to become a member of Befriending Networks. This year, Le Cheile has become a member of Befriending Networks. Befriending Networks is is a membership organisation that provides vital support, networks and information to organisations that...
Protecting young people from a life of crime
Le Cheile welcomes the publication of the Engagement of Children in Criminal Activity Bill 2023. This bill, for the first time, will create specific offences where an adult compels, coerces, induces or invites a child to engage in criminal activity. Speaking about the...
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