Q&A Session TTG (Hannah & Princess)
To Kick start Volunteers Week our TTG Coordinators will be hosting a 30 minuet Q&A session. This is an opportunity to ask Hannah and Princess, the Through the Gate coordinators for HMP Lewes and HMP Elmley and Rochester respectively, any and all questions you have about mentoring in the prisons and TTG mentoring in general.
If you’re thinking of becoming a TTG mentor or already mentoring in prisons but would like more information and guidance, come and join your fellow mentors in this discussion and our Coordinators will answer any questions you may have!
How long is the training to become a volunteer? And what is involved?
To become a volunteer you must first complete the online application and provide us with 2 references. You will then be invited to an interview. Once you have passed the interview process you will be invited to training at one of our offices in Kent, Surrey or Sussex. Training is generally run in each county 4 times a year and is on 3 consecutive days 10am – 4pm.
Once you are trained we shall request a DBS for you and ask you to complete some online training around mental health and safeguarding. You are then ready to mentor.
How many hours a week am I required to volunteer?
We ask that volunteers are available for 6 months and usually this is for 2 hours per week. However, cases do vary.
Are my expenses covered?
Your expenses are covered from training? This includes being able to claim back up to £6 for buying a tea or coffee with your mentee each week.
What skills and qualifications do I need?
Volunteers don’t have to be experts but must have a belief in change, a desire to support that change and be pragmatic, creative and resilient in their approach. Many of the skills you would learn and develop while being a mentor.
What further training and development is available to me as a volunteer?
Once training as a volunteer you will have access to all the professional training the probation staff attend. This allows you to have professional and up-to-date training as well as giving you the opportunity to network with probation staff. Some of the courses are as follows.
Mental health awareness
Sex offender awareness
Much much more.