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?
Reliability & Punctuality
Patience and a willingness to persevere
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.
At Mentor Link we love to hear from the young people we have mentored about how they are getting on. Jess got in touch with us to say thank you for all the support, and how she would like to make a short film about the charity as part of her degree. Click to read more and to see the video Jess created!