Are you a good listener?
Are you non-judgemental?
Would you like to improve your own interpersonal skills whilst helping others?
Mentoring offers children support and encouragement at one of a number of challenging times in school
life that adversely affects their self-esteem and wellbeing. Many young people benefit from having someone
other than a parent or teacher to talk to. Over the last twenty years, hundreds of children in Medway have
benefited from having a mentor.
Our mentors come from the business and wider community, from any background, of all ages and abilities. They do not need to be a parent, social worker or teacher. A mentor is someone who has had experience of life and work and can therefore talk to the student about these areas as well as listen to their worries and concerns in a more general way. Mentors have the opportunity to develop skills and understanding as part of their personal development, to feel valued and to put something back into the community.
The time commitment after initial training is for approximately half an hour a fortnight, for one year during term time. However, many mentors stay on with the same mentee or with new ones, year after year. A termly training/networking session is held which includes our annual celebratory presentation event. If you’re looking for a different kind of volunteering and you get on well with young people; if you can be a good role model and support young people without judging them; if you want to make a difference;