Parent Mentors Needed in Dublin

Le Chéile provides a one-to-one mentoring service for the parents of young people referred by the Probation Service, the Gardaí or Oberstown Children Detention Campus.

Who we’re looking for?

We’re looking for people from across Dublin with a passion to make a difference in their community and a commitment to building a strong mentoring relationship with each parent. To be a bit more specific, we’re looking for people over the age of 25 with diverse backgrounds and different interests. The parents we work with are looking for a supportive peer relationship and the overall goal is to help them improve their confidence and motivation to develop their parenting skills.

What’s involved?

Once you’re fully trained, you’ll be matched with a 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 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 flexible, meaning you can meet during the day, evenings or weekends. All we ask is that you try and 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 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.
  • Mentoring is also 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. Once successful, you will be invited to training which will be held on:

  • Thursday 19th September (evening)
  • Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September
  • Saturday 28th 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 by clicking the link below.

Closing Date for applications is Friday 23rd August 2019.

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