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Mentoring and Volunteering

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is a service offered to all children throughout the Youth Justice Service. Mentoring is completely voluntary and is not part of any order. As part of the mentoring process, we will match you up with a Mentor who will then be able to offer you support and guidance. The aim of mentoring is to focus on positive steps away from offending or re-offending. You need to be committed to giving it a go.

 

What does a Mentor do?

A Mentor is someone who volunteers their time to spend time with you to talk about anything you have on your mind or that you need help with. A Mentor is someone you can trust. It can take a few meetings before you feel comfortable with your Mentor, but the aim is to develop an open and honest relationship. Mentors can help you look at your future goals and help with personal and practical things that you may want to achieve in life; this could be help with education employment and training, getting involved with pro-social activities or they can simply be someone to listen to you. They should be a friendly face who helps empower you to help yourself.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Youth Mentor - St Helens Youth Justice Service are recruiting for a number of Volunteer Mentors to support children and young people in the St Helens area who are involved with the Youth Justice System. Our aim is to deliver a bespoke mentoring service which will respond to the individual needs of the child or young person. These needs may include education training and employment, addiction, family and relationships, housing, health and well-being and attitude, thinking and behaviour. While establishing a positive and supportive mentoring relationship, your role will be to empower children and young people and help them to develop skills, enabling them to make informed decisions on their future, engaging them in activities within the community and to follow action plans in order to reduce re-offending. You will be required for a minimum of one to three hours per week.

 

Panel member - Youth Offender Panels are chaired by two panel members and the panels are held on Wednesday evenings with additional daytime panels arranged as required. The meeting consists of the child and their parent/carer, a Youth Justice Service representative and the victim (where possible and/or appropriate). The panel meeting is run in a restorative way to discuss the harm caused and ways to repair this. The child and the parent/carer then agree and sign the Referral Order Contract that the child must comply with while they are subject to the Referral Order. Using a scripted format, your role would be to lead and monitor the young person's compliance with their Referral Order during a panel meeting, suggesting appropriate interventions that best suit the child or young person and participate in the successful completion of their intervention plan and contract. You will be required on Wednesday evenings from 4:30pm to 7:30pm.

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Skills and qualifications required for both positions:

  • You will need to be 18 years or older.
  • A desire to work with children and their families.
  • A desire and interest to work with victims of crime.
  • Able to relate to and communicate with children.
  • Committed to equal opportunities.
  • Reliable and punctual.
  • Good listening and communication skills.
  • A non-judgemental approach, good organisational skills.
  • Common sense and patience are essential.
  • An understanding of the issues facing children.
  • Willing to commit to the scheme for a minimum of one year.
  • Understanding of the issues of confidentiality.

For further enquiries or to request a Volunteer application form, please contact Megan on 01744 677990 or meganstephen@sthelens.gov.uk