Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer with us as an Mentor.
- Work on a one to one basis with a primary school child aged 5-11yrs for a full year.
- Meet the child every week, outside of school hours or at weekends for 2 hours+.
- Offer problem free time away from their issues, motivational support and guidance
- Engage with the child in recreational/educational and interesting activities to open the child to new experiences to achieve their set goals.
- To challenge negative behaviour and to participate in whole group activities with other mentees and their mentors.
What you can expect
- Participate in school meetings to set goals and targets for the mentoring year.
- Provide emotional and practical support to the child. Giving them good sound appropriate advice.
- Selecting your weekly activities with the child, working within your set budget.
- Complete plans for each session you have together and email them to your volunteer coordinator on a weekly basis.
- Speak with the parent/carer when dropping child back home, focusing upon the positives of the child’s behaviour, so the child can hear good things being said about them.
- Feedback any concerns you may have about the wellbeing of the child to your volunteer coordinator or project manager asap.
- Attend monthly supervision sessions with your volunteer coordinator
- Participate in Mentor Forums or any other Mentor group activity.
Attend our fantastic Graduation Ceremony with your partner/family member, the child and their family, the child’s school teacher to celebrate the ending of your wonderful year together.
What we can offer:
- Gaining valuable social care experience, working with children and their families
- Wonderful opportunity and very beneficial for students or people looking to study and work in the social care sector.
- Learning about how best to support children living in difficult situations, whilst being fully supported in your practice.
- Improving your employability skills for future employment
- Improving your confidence to work with children and their families
- Being actively involved in your local community
- Meeting new people, making new friends
- Gaining a sense of pride and self-worth and feeling good about just 'giving something back'
Action for Children does what’s right, does what’s needed and does what works.
Action for Children’s Intensive Family Support in Wigan is a voluntary service that will offer an intensive level of parenting and family support to help make positive changes to family life.
By working with the whole family, IFS is committed to improving the quality of relationships between parents/carers and children and also the wider family.
IFS workers can provide practical and emotional support in a range of settings where families feel comfortable and safe, for example, Children’s Centres, Schools, Health Centres as well as their own homes.
We work with families at the times they may need that extra support; this may involve working outside of normal working hours
We’re looking for volunteers who would like to enhance the service offered to service users by supporting project staff with their direct work with parents, children and young people.
You will get opportunities to build effective working relationships with service users of all ages and support them in making positive changes. This may include supporting attendance at medical appointments, accessing activities in the local area or attending appointments. Our volunteers can use their own skills in engaging service users in activities through various mediums such as sport, cooking, arts and crafts.