Our Mentoring Project
Our Mentoring Project started in 1997 when children and young people attending the club began to demonstrate the need for more 1-2-1 support. The Mentoring Project was set up as a response to this need, to work with children and young people who were experiencing some difficulties in their life at home or school. We are very proud to say that we have been running a successful Mentoring Project ever since.
We offer mentors to children and young people from 8-21 years old and live in the Bolton area. All the young people who are referred to the Project are some way vulnerable or at risk. There will always be a need for mentors and we require volunteers from all walks of life to match with our young people.
What is a Mentor?
Mentoring is a supportive and trustworthy relationship that empowers and encourages the natural potential of an individual by listening, understanding and guiding.
What does it involve?
Mentors meet with their mentee on a 1-2-1 basis for a minimum of 1 hour per week. The meetings happen out and about in the local community and could take place in a café, a park, a bowling alley or anywhere that is a child friendly environment. We require at least a one year commitment as it takes time to get to know a young person and develop trust.
What training do I receive?
To become a mentor you are required to attend the following training sessions:
- Boundaries in Mentoring
- Understanding Adolescence
- Communication in Mentoring
- Goal Setting and Action Plans in Mentoring
- Safeguarding Children
How will I be supported?
You will be assigned to a Mentoring Co-ordinator who will look after you and your mentee throughout the match. You will receive a weekly call from your Mentor Coordinator and meet regularly to make sure you are okay and discuss your match.
What are the requirements to be a mentor?
All our mentors need to be at least 21 years old. You need to be passionate about working with children and young people and be child focused. Being a good listener, non- judgemental and caring are all prerequisites for the role. It is an exciting opportunity, challenging but most of all rewarding. Being able to drive and having access to a vehicle is desirable for this role.
I am interested! What do I do now?
If you are under the age of 18 and would like to volunteer, please contact Leon Crosby.