Volunteer Mentoring Unit


 

The Wales Community Rehabilitation Company provided a range of probation services for adult Service Users on Community Orders or Licences. Our aim was to change lives and inspire public confidence by cutting crime.

Nid ydym bellach yn recriwtio mentoriaid. Hoffem ddiolch i chi am eich cefnogaeth.

We are no longer recruiting mentors. We would like to thank you for your support.

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Volunteer Mentoring

About Mentoring:

You will be supporting our Service Users to make positive changes in their lives and local communities.

You will spend time getting to know the service users, taking an interest in their lives, supporting them emotionally and practically through advocacy work and providing some consistency at a difficult time.

It is a challenging but rewarding experience and ultimately reduces the potential of reoffending.

About You:

  • You are empathetic, assertive and reliable
  • You could be thinking of starting a career in Criminal Justice, substance misuse, debt, advocacy and counselling
  • You may like to use your own personal experiences to help support others
  • You might simply like to give back the community whilst learning new skills

 

The technical side:

  • Formal training is essential to enable you to provide the highest quality of mentoring. A full 3 days training is essential with additional ongoing training throughout your volunteering career
  • We provide regular supervision to our volunteers
  • We require a commitment of two to three hours per week. The minimum age of applicants is 18 years old with any upper age limit dependant on the physical and mental ability to undertake the role
  • Reasonable out of pocket expenses, including travel will be reimbursed
  • We consider applicants with criminal records as we believe everyone can bring their own skills and life experiences to the role
  • We require no formal qualifications, just an open mind and desire to help others 

 

Thank you for your interest in mentoring. We are no longer recruiting, but we encourage you to look into other mentoring opportunities and make a difference.

What Mentors do

Our Volunteers undertake a variety of tasks, mainly one-on-one, tailored to the needs of the individual.

For example:

  • Supporting with basic literacy/numeracy skills
  • Helping to build fundamental social skills 
  • Finding housing/accommodation
  • Aiding with benefits
  • Accessing local resources (such as GP, Dentist, Mental Health support) and assisting with attending appointments
  • Sign posting
  • Emotional support

Our main target areas are:

  • Accommodation
  • Education, Training and Employment
  • Mental and Physical Health
  • Substance Misuse
  • Finance and Debt
  • Attitudes Thinking and Behaviour
  • Children and Families (limited involvement)

LGBTQ+ month

 

Wow!  What a colourful, enjoyable and informative meeting.  Everyone made an effort to be colourful in celebration of LGBT History month as can be seen with the photos above!

We were joined by one of our Volunteers, Emma Bailey who discussed some Historic LGBT Heroes and Icons such as Ann Lister and Sam Smith amongst others.  We discussed the LGBT+ acronyms and were advised that several more letters had been added to the LGBT but were assured by Emma that by adding the + at the end of LGBT we were being respectful for the additions that we may not be aware of.

We all shared some sensitive information with each other during introductions and it clearly showed that we are all open minded and that we feel that there is much more that we need to learn and are looking forward to being able to learn more together.  We discussed the History of LGBT+ month and how it came about, and had a brief overview of Section 28, what it is and how did it affect LGBT+ people.  We discussed the different pronouns and stated what our own preferred pronouns were.

It was a very informative meeting and our sincerest thanks goes to Emma for providing us with a better understanding of LGBT+ issues. Diolch Emma!