About the opportunity:
Some young people in Sutton have complex and multiple needs, facing many difficult issues in their daily lives, including low self esteem, social isolation, challenging family relationships, abuse, loss or bereavement, poverty, self harm …….
Mentor’s are needed to provide each young person referred with a safe space and dedicated time to talk about their situation.
Could you be that person that they talk to?
Do you have 1 to 2 hours a weeks where you could meet with a young person to listen or engage them in a positive activity?
MAPS is an early intervention programme, working with children and young people aged 8-21, that has been delivering a one-to-one mentoring programme within the London Borough of Sutton for almost two decades. MAPS provides every young person referred with a hand picked volunteer mentor to support them. A MAPS mentor supports a young person each week, for a whole year for 1 to 2 hours a week. The mentor is a consistent and reliable role model who listens and offers a safe space for the young person to talk, unpack life and an opportunity to engage in positive activities. MAPS mentors are given 16 hours of comprehensive training, are DBS checked and supported monthly throughout their mentoring relationship.
What are we looking for?
No qualifications are needed for this role. We are looking for volunteers who have a positive attitude towards children and young people and a desire to help them achieve their full potential. Someone who is a positive role model, patient, calm, a good listener and who is non judgemental.
Benefits to You:
You will receive 16 hours of comprehensive training that will not only support you in your role as a mentor, but are transferable skills that will support you both in work and your day to day activities. You will gain new skills such as communication, listening and conflict resolution as well as gaining a better understanding of the lives of young people and your community. You will benefit from monthly supervisions from a dedicated coordinator and you will have the opportunity to try lots of exciting and fun activities both individually with your young person and should you wish to participate in group settings. Group activities are a great way to meet other mentors and are real social occasions.
If you think this could be you and want to find out more please get in contact with MAPS by calling 020 8661 5900 and ask to speak with a member of the MAPS team, email firstname.lastname@example.org or using the contact page on the website.
We look forward to meeting you!