Information for Parents

What is a Mentor?

Mentors are members of the community who gives their time on a voluntary (unpaid) basis to Le Chéile. Mentors are over 21 years of age and will be able to offer your young person some support and general guidance, they will also be a role model and friend to your teen.

Mentors go through a strict recruitment procedure, including individual interview, Garda background check, reference check, identification check and all Mentors have attended an intensive training course.

Mentors are chosen because of their ability to listen, their understanding of the needs of young people, their ability to work with young people, their motivation and positivity.

What does Mentoring Involve?

Your young person will be asked to meet with their Mentor for about 3 hours a week to engage in various structured and planned activities. At the beginning of the mentoring relationship, they will engage in fun activities designed to help the young person and the Mentor build a relationships. Activities can include bowling, go-karting, playing pool, etc. After this time, the Mentor and young person will set some longer term goals such as working on literacy skills, joining a sports club or class, working on the Driver Theory Test.

Why does my young person need a Mentor?

Young people can be given a Mentor for lots of reasons, such as helping them with their literacy skills, helping them to try new positive activities, etc. A Mentor will help your young person set achievable goals and support them in achieving them. A Mentor will help a young person to get involved in new activities. Mentor always listen to young people, they don’t judge and they can offer some advice if the young person wants it.

What will it cost?

Nothing! All activities and costs are paid for by Le Chéile and funded through the Probation Service.

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