Catherine, Positive Placements coordinator at the YMCA in Horsham, would love to hear from anyone interested in volunteering as a mentor, to help a vulnerable young person (for about an hour a week) on their journey back to education, training and employment.
All sorts of people, from all walks of life, become mentors for all sorts of reasons and maybe this is just the thing you’ve been looking to get involved with – maybe volunteering will be one of your new year’s resolutions!
Reasons volunteers give include being passionate about using their skills to help young people; contributing back into society because of their privileged life; believing the experience of growing up in the care system, or of having little support at a crucial time, gives them an understanding and empathy to make a difference; appreciating the support from a volunteer at a specific time in their own life and wanting to ‘pass the volunteering forward’.
One volunteer says, “Some people do it [mentoring] to give something back, but for me the greatest reward is to be part of the process as someone turns their life around and to interact and learn from the young people themselves.”
There’s loads of support and guidance from the award-winning Positive Placements team – you just need to want to help young people build their confidence and overcome barriers to unleash their potential.
If you would like to find out a bit more then please contact Catherine Pardoe, at Horsham Y Centre 07392 879 247 firstname.lastname@example.org