Mentors Needed in Laois, Offaly and Kildare
Becoming a youth mentor with Le Chéile, you have an opportunity to empower young people referred by the Probation Service who are either involved in or at risk of offending. Parent mentors work directly with the parents of young people on probation to help them identify and develop their own parenting skills base.
As a mentor, you have a first-hand opportunity to make a real impact in the lives of vulnerable young people and parents by being a positive role model and providing support.
Who we’re looking for?
You don’t need a specialist background or any previous experience, we’re just looking for people from across Laois, Offaly and Kildare that have 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.
Due to under representation in certain areas of our volunteer team, we are particularly looking to recruit male youth mentors.
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 the life of a young person or parent and to witness first-hand the impact that you can have.
- 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.
We will be hosting two information evenings, where you can find out more and ask any questions you may have. These will be hosted in:
- Portlaoise on Wednesday 2nd October at 7pm
- Tullamore on Thursday 3rd October at 7pm
To register for one of these and to find out more, contact Maxine on the details below.
Our recruitment process includes an application form, interview, reference checks and Garda vetting. Interviews will take place in October and, if successful, full training will take place on the dates below. Successful applicants will need to attend all dates.
- Tuesday 5th November (evening)
- Saturday 9th November
- Saturday 16th November
- Saturday 23rd November
For more information contact Maxine Kelly, National Volunteer Development Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 087 201 6801 / 01 214 4352.
You can apply directly by visiting www.lecheile.ie/volunteer/ or clicking the link below.
Closing Date for applications is Thursday 24th October 2019.