Volunteers needed to support young people to get their lives back on track

Published: Monday, 17th December 2018

Stoke-on-Trent Youth Offending Services (YOS) is recruiting volunteer mentors to support young people.

The Youth Offending Services (YOS) works with children and young people to prevent them from offending and re-offending.

Volunteer mentors will be expected to develop supportive and positive relationships with young people, working closely with their case workers.

Mentors will work one-to-one with young people to empower and motivate them to pursue their interests and to engage in mentoring sessions and opportunities across the city.

The idea of the scheme is for young people to be provided with a listening ear and a relatable person that will enable them to get their lives back on track.

An example of how rewarding volunteering for the YOS is the relationship formed between mentor, Jessica*, and mentee, Daniel.* Jessica was able to watch Daniel’s confidence grow as she gave him encouragement and advice:

“When Daniel first came through for a referral for a peer mentor he had multiple things going on in his life. He wasn’t engaging in anything positive, lacked motivation, struggled with his weight, had low self-esteem, and wasn’t attending any form of education.

“I mentioned to Daniel about some of the activities that YOS had going on over the summer, at first he was unsure but I really sold it to him. Through telling him I believed in him and how well he’d do he decided he would go along.

“He’s made positive relationships with other young people and he’s even managing to get on the bus by himself and go to college.

“He needed to be shown that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Daniel said:

“Before I met Jessica I was at the worst place I could have been. I didn’t get out of the house or use anything other than my mum for transport. I felt even worse after I got my community resolution order.

“When I worked with Jessica over the summer I started to get out of the house, and make new friends. It was amazing working with a mentor.

“Jessica has turned my life around for the better.”

Cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, Councillor Randy Conteh said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for anybody who has an interest in working with young people.

“Our young people are our city’s future, and we want to make sure that all are supported and well-equipped to make positive contributions to their own communities.

“I would urge anybody who is thinking about volunteering to strongly consider this opportunity.

“The mentor role is rewarding for both mentors and mentees and can make positive changes to the lives of young people.”

The mentor role is ideal for anybody over the age of 18 who can spare a few hours a week to make a positive difference to the lives of young people in Stoke-on-Trent. The ideal mentor will be enthusiastic, a good listener and have the ability to relate to young people of all different backgrounds.

Applications close on Thursday, January, 3, 2019. Interviews will take place on interviews will take place on Monday, January 7, 2019 and Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

To download a copy of the job description and the person specification, please go to: https://jobsonline.stoke.gov.uk/internetrecruitment/default.asp?Section=Vacancy&VacID=011163

For more information or to apply please contact Referral Co-ordinator Sheetal Walklate on 01782 238830 or sheetal.walklate@stoke.gov.uk