Volunteering

Mentor Link has over 200 volunteers who help support vulnerable and distressed children and young people across the West Midlands each week. We pride ourselves in being a local, friendly and child centred organisation offering a variety of volunteering opportunities to the local community.

We currently have 150 volunteer mentors, all of whom recognise that children and young people face challenges, and want to give their time and use their life skills in order to support them. We provide Induction training to all of our mentors when they first come on board, and our team of staff are here to offer continued support in the role.

How you can make a difference as a mentor?
Spending up to hour each week listening to and supporting a young person
Offering your life experiences to provide support
Giving something back to the younger generation
Talking about the world of work

What skills do you need to become a mentor?
Good listener
Reliability & Punctuality
Patience and a willingness to persevere
Non-judgemental
Empathy
Positive outlook
Commitment of at least 6 months

What training we provide
One full day Induction training prior to commencing mentoring
Ongoing training in a variety of topics, such as Self-Harm, Anger Management, Child Protection and Protective Behaviours
We hold an Annual Conference for our volunteers which provides a range of speakers and networking opportunities
Volunteer forums and social events are held regularly in each area

One of our volunteers writes:

Improving the confidence, the self-esteem and the self-belief of the next generation can not only improve the local community, but can also benefit the wider community. If they believe that people do care and are there to support them, this will have a positive impact on the individual, their future and the way they feel about society.

Mentor Tony McGreal, Sense Check Legal

All mentors will be subject to enhanced DBS clearance and have to provide 2 satisfactory character references before commencing mentoring. We provide travel expenses to our volunteer mentors.

If you don’t feel mentoring is for you, we have other volunteering opportunities available in administration, fundraising and our Charity Shop. For more information on these, click on the links in the sub-menu above.

To apply for any of these roles, visit our Vacancies page and download an application form or give us a call to chat to one of our team.

Upcoming Events

06
Jul

Mentor Link Charity Quiz Night

Come along and test yourself at our next Charity Pub Quiz!

16
Jul

Who’s Got Talent? Auditions

Are you under 16 and have a talent that you would like to showcase, and support a local children's charity in doing so?
Join us on Sunday 16th July for preliminary auditions.

Latest News

Funding Secured for Warwickshire

22/06/2017

Thank you to the Heart of England Community Foundation and the Wesleyan Foundation Fund for their funding support to develop our service in Warwickshire.

Mentor Link Conference 2017

10/05/2017

On Wednesday 3rd May we held our Annual Conference - please take a look inside for a report and photos from the day. Includes cakes and Worry Monsters!

Case Studies

Terri’s Story

13/12/2016

This is Terri's Story. Please click here to watch her film and find out more.

Luke’s Story

13/12/2016

This is Luke's Story. Please click here to watch his film and find out more.