To provide one to one support to a newly released offender, through a befriending relationship, enabling the mentee to re-integrate back into their community, support them with identified issues and guide them in a positive way with an overall aim to instigate positive change and reduce the likelihood of re-offending.
• To create a positive, supportive relationship between yourself and the Mentee by adopting a non-judgemental approach.
• Initiate and maintain appropriate relationships with your assigned Mentee.
• To meet regularly and telephone your Mentee on a weekly basis. • Attend regular supervision/support meetings with your Mentoring Co-ordinator.
• Undertake initial core training and optional ongoing training.
• Maintain weekly contact with your Mentoring Co-ordinator.
Volunteers need to have:
• A belief that people can change and raise aspirations given encouragement.
• A commitment to the values and aims of the Mentoring Project. • A responsible, consistent and punctual approach.
• An understanding of confidentiality and respect the need to maintain this.
• The ability to build up a positive rapport with the Mentee assigned to them.
• Implement a non judgmental and non discriminatory approach. • A grounded, open and honest approach throughout the mentoring relationship.
• A genuine desire to make a positive impact on the life an Ex-Offender.
• The awareness to pass on any information to the project co-ordinator relevant to the aims of the project.