Youth and Parent Mentors Needed in Waterford

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 Waterford City and County 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.

What’s involved?

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.

Recruitment Process.

Our recruitment process includes an application form, interview, reference checks and Garda vetting. Interviews will take place after the closing date and, if successful, full training will commence on Saturday 7th September.

For more information contact Heather Sinnott, South-East Coordinator, at or call 086 387 1214. Alternatively, you can contact Jenny Croke, Project Officer, at or call 087 229 2865.

You can also apply online using the link below.

Closing Date for applications is Friday 23rd August 2019.

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