We’re recruiting Youth and Parent Mentors in Dublin!

Your Time, Your Support, Your Kindness has the ability to change lives!

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, in Oberstown, or who have come to the attention of An Garda Síochána 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 Dublin 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 take place on the 9th May (evening), 11th May, 12th May, 18th May and 19th May.

There will also be an information evening for those that would like to find out more on Wednesday 20th March at 6.30pm in Carmichael House, 4 North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7. If you have any questions about the role or what might be involved, come along and hear from our Dublin Coordinators and some current volunteers. 

For more information contact Maxine Kelly, National Volunteer Development Officer, at maxine@lecheile.ie or call 087 201 6801.

You can also apply online using the link below.

Closing Date for applications is Wednesday 10th April 2019.

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