Information for Volunteers
What is Mentoring?
Le Chéile mentoring is a one-to-one relationship based support which provides a positive role model to a young person. Key underlying objects are for our young people to reducing their offending behaviour and to achieve their full potential as individuals.
The fact that mentors are volunteers is a key strength of Le Chéile mentoring – with young people and parents highlighting how they appreciate that that their mentor has given up their time to be with them, and are genuinely interested in them.
A ‘Mentee’ under the Children Act 2001 is a child or young person aged between 12 to 18 years who has come before the Court. Mentees typically will be under the supervision of a Probation Officer, though we also take referrals in some regions from the Garda Youth Diversion Projects.
Mentoring with Le Chéile
We look for volunteers aged 21 or over, with an interest in working with young people aged 12-21 and up to 23 if suitable to give up to 3 hours a week. Mentors should enjoy working with young people, be non-judgmental, unbiased in their approach and be open to understanding the issues and challenges which young people may face.
We are looking for men & women from all walks of life and do not expect you to have any specific educational qualifications as training will be provided. Le Chéile offers individual and group support throughout the match.
Mentors are assigned a young person for a period of approximately 6 months to 2 years. Initially, mentor and mentee focus on getting to know each other through social activities. After this point they meet with the mentor coordinator and try to set some goals such as helping the young person build their self-esteem, motivating them to engage in education or employment, etc.