Changing Lives provides a range of services to women involved in the criminal justice system. As part of these services we want to develop a team of women who have experience of the system to provide mentoring support to other women. Mentoring is a one-to-one, non-judgmental relationship in which an individual voluntarily gives time to support and encourage another. The Peer Mentor Volunteer will develop this programme and provide encouragement, support and guidance to a small number of women to develop the scheme.
- Identify with case workers women suitable for the scheme
- Deliver Changing Lives Peer Mentor training programme to the women
- Provide support and supervision to the Peer Mentors
- Meet with the Peer Mentors on a weekly (or agreed regular) basis as required
- Liaise regularly with the Peer Mentors case worker and where appropriate the National Probation Service
- Use own initiative and work with the Peer Mentors to identify and access relevant resources.
- Maintain records and reports for monitoring and tracking purposes
- Participate in evaluation of the scheme
- Work within and adhere to relevant policies and procedures, including the lone working policy and procedure
- Ensure all duties reflect a commitment to equal opportunities
- Work cooperatively with other volunteers and staff
Skills, experience and abilities
- Previous experience of working with vulnerable clients or members of the public and/or mentoring on either a one to one basis or with groups (desirable)
- Good communication skills with a range of people
- Ability to relate to the client group and be empathetic.
- Good listening skills, non-judgemental approach and ability to relate sensitively to people in distress.
- Ability to enthuse and motivate people.
- Ability to form effective relationships with the client group, agencies and other professionals.
- Good timekeeping and reliable.
- Be able to work within personal and professional boundaries and have a good awareness of power imbalances that exist when working with vulnerable people
- Be able to adhere to all policies in place especially confidentiality and health & safety, safeguarding and boundaries.
- Basic administration skills
Open to female volunteers aged over 18 only.
Monday to Friday, minimum of 5 hours each week.
For more information please call Helen Falconer 01302 309822. Helen.falconer@Changing-lives.org.uk
To apply for this opportunity please contact Sead Masic, Changing Lives, Central Office, Unit D13, Marquis Court, 10th Avenue West, Team Valley, Gateshead, NE11 0RU. Email : email@example.com