Volunteer Mentors needed to support children across Doncaster
The search is on to find over 100 volunteers to be mentors to vulnerable children and young people across Doncaster.
Colleagues at Doncaster Children’s Services Trust are looking for people to spare just two hours a month to help a child or young person raise their aspirations and try new experiences.
Pupils aged 9 to 18 from schools across the borough will be part of the ‘Trusted Mentors’ project, which is being funded through the Department for Education’s Doncaster Opportunity Area programme, following research into the positive impact mentors can have on young people.
A dedicated team from the Trust will match each pupil with a mentor and provide volunteers with ongoing training, supervision and practical support.
Cheryl Blackett, Project Manager for the Trusted Mentors project, said: “Having a mentor can make a huge difference to a child or young person and open up a world of possibilities for them.
“We are looking for people who can provide additional support to children to help them to achieve their ambitions and aspirations. All you really need to be a mentor is life experience and a passion to help others.
“Becoming a mentor is an ideal way to improve your skill-set and could open doors to future opportunities in education or employment. Most importantly though, it is a way to use your experience to help young people.”
The Trust is looking for volunteers who can help a child or young person for up to two years. To apply to be a mentor you must be at least eighteen years old and all candidates also need to have a DBS check, which will be arranged by the Trust.
Training for the project is flexible and can fit around any other commitments, as it is available during office hours, in the evenings and at weekends.
Cheryl added: “We are hoping that people from all different walks and stages of life will recognise what they have to offer as a mentor and sign-up.
“We’d also love to speak to anyone who is thinking of becoming a mentor but has unanswered questions. We’re a really friendly team and happy to talk through things. The project is something we are all very passionate about and we know it will make a positive difference to everyone involved.”