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Volunteer Mentors - Youth Offending Team

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Closed for applications on 19/05/2020 14:30
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Patchway Police Centre, 90 Gloucester Road, Patchway, Bristol, BS34 6PY
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19 May

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This job is closed for applications.

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Volunteer Mentors - Youth Offending Team

Summary of Post

We are currently recruiting volunteers who have an empathy with young people to use their life experience, knowledge and skills for the role below.

Mentors meet weekly with young people on a one-to-one basis. The aim of mentoring is to provide a positive role model for young people and to help them to engage in activities, build confidence and self esteem.

If you are interested, further information about the role and the application form can be found under supporting documents. Please contact the Youth Offending Team on 01454 868558 or email sgyot@southglos.gov.uk if you have further questions.

Closing date for applications - Sunday 20 October 2019

Interviews – Thursday 29 October 2019 – times to be confirmed

Training evenings:
Tuesday 5th November 2019 - 6pm-9pm
Tuesday 12th November 2019 - 6pm-9pm
Tuesday 19th November 2019 - 6pm-9pm

We ask that only those who are available to commit to all the training evenings above complete the application form.

Main Duties

What is a Mentor?
The dictionary definition describes as an advisor or guide. A mentor/volunteer is a person who can offer their time and skills on a voluntary basis.

Could I be a Mentor?
If you have time and a commitment to young people who are in trouble with the police, are involved in the court process or have been through those systems and need on going support the answer could be YES.

What would a Mentor do?
Each mentor and mentee relationship would differ. The contact and support would be agreed at the beginning of your work by yourselves, the young person and the co-ordinator. Quality time for young people is of the utmost importance and the time you can offer will make a difference. The support you offer will vary and will involve one to one contact, advice and guidance, help with careers, benefits, leisure activities, support with appointments etc. It is hoped that through your commitment, support and befriending you will be able to maximise opportunities available to young people.

How much of my time will I need to give?
Contact with the young people would ideally take place weekly, so you would need 1-3 hours per week to commit to your role as a mentor. Most meetings with young people take place after educational hours. You will also be expected to attend training when appropriate and regular supervision. You would need to commit to 12 - 18 months.

What support will I be given?
You will need to attend mentor training. This will prepare you for your role as a mentor. Regular individual supervision will take place alongside group meetings with other mentors to offer peer group support and sharing of ideas. Additional training may also be offered during your voluntary period.

Are Mentors Paid?
The purpose of the Mentoring Scheme Panel is to recruit members of the local community to work on a voluntary basis. Therefore, Mentors will not be paid. However, expenses incurred whilst undertaking your duties such as travel costs will be reimbursed.


Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has a confidential checking process for transgender applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to the person who has asked them to complete an application form for a DBS check. The contact details are: Sensitive Applications Team, Customer Services, PO Box 165, Liverpool, L69 3JD - Email sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk

What if I am Interested?

If you think this is something you would like to do, please complete application form and return it to:

South Gloucestershire Youth Offending Service
Patchway Police Centre
90 Gloucester Road
Bristol BS34 6PY

Alternatively you can email it to sgyot@southglos.gov.uk.

Salary: Volunteer Post

Hours: 01:00

Closing Date: 20 October 2019

Vacancy Ref: YOTVOL/936/SS

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