Volunteer Mentor and Befrienders Required

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Can you make a big difference to someone's life?

Equal Approach is working in partnership with the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation (MBF) to deliver The Mentoring For Success Programme. The programme is part of the People Help and Support package, the aim of which is to help disabled individuals that have been made redundant, or are at risk of redundancy, from Remploy factories.

If you want to make a difference to someone who needs your support, and you want to be part of this exciting programme, we would love to hear from you!

Overview of Role

MBF are training volunteers to become Mentor and Befrienders. As a trained Mentor and Befriender your skills, personality and location will be matched appropriately to an individual that has requested support on a one to one basis.

Every individual has different needs therefore what they require will be determined on their circumstances. So your responsibilities could be:

• Offering emotional support through times of change.
• Helping individuals decide what to do next.
• Providing encouragement, guidance and support in finding a new job.
• Helping individuals achieve specific goals.
• Developing individuals skills needed to achieve greater independence.
• Signposting individuals to access information and advice relating to their action plan.

Person Specification

• A commitment to supporting people with disabilities and health conditions.
• An understanding of the barriers faced by such people in attaining and sustaining employment and achieving independence.
• Ability to communicate clearly.
• Ability to maintain boundaries and confidentiality.
• Pragmatic approach to resolving problems.
• Willingness to complete in project paperwork.
• Willingness to participate in an online training course.

We are looking for volunteers who are able to meet a mentee for 1-2 hours, on a weekly or fortnightly basis, for at least 6 months. Training will initially take place online, and ongoing support will be delivered through a MBF Regional Coordinator.

This is a voluntary role, however a small contribution to out of pocket expenses - such as travel or light refreshments - will also be provided.

This is a fantastic learning and development opportunity, while at the same time helping disabled people achieve their own personal aspirations and goals.

To apply or to find out more please visit: www.equalapproach.com/mentoring.php
You must be 18 or over to apply.

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