Mentoring duties include:
- Meeting with your mentee on a weekly basis in prison for up to 6 months
- Providing intensive support immediately after your mentee’s release and remaining in contact on a weekly basis and where possible meeting with the mentee on a fortnightly basis in the community for up to 9 months after release
- Using the structured mentoring approach that Trail-Blazers advocates by using the Tool Sets during mentoring sessions
- Providing your mentee with emotional and practical support and encouragement
- Ensuring that both you and your mentee are extremely clear about the boundaries of the mentoring relationship and operate within those boundaries
- Ensuring your mentee knows about additional support services available to them and how best to utilise them and, if necessary, acting as an advocate of his behalf
- Undertaking research into facilities and opportunities for your mentee, which may include housing, education, employment, etc.
- Communicating with other agencies such as Probation and Youth Offending Team as and when required
- Ensuring that there is a positive ending to the mentoring relationship – for mentee as well as self
- Making Trail-Blazers and if necessary prison staff aware of any occasion where harm to others or harm to the mentee is either taking place, planned or suspected.
- Completing and submitting recording sheets after each mentoring session
- Attending and participating fully in mentoring supervision/support meetings, training sessions and mentor group meetings
- Identifying and communicating any needs or concerns to us in a timely and professional manner
- Following all Trail-Blazers policies and procedures in the delivery of your role
- Strictly abiding all prison rules and regulations
Volunteers come from all walks of life and no specific educational qualifications are required. All our mentors need to have a mature outlook on life.
However, it is essential that you:
• Can relate to young people and are committed to empowering them
• Can commit for a minimum period of 12 months
• Are punctual and reliable
• Can work closely with people from diverse backgrounds
• Are able to take a pro-active approach