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Volunteer Mentors for refugee youth

  • Location: Flemington VIC
  • Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
  • Category: Young People
  • Time Required

    1 to 2 hours per week.

  • Type of work
    • Companionship & Social Support
  • Training

    We provide Mentors with training and support to enable good outcomes. Mentors have access to culturally sensitive training and regular ongoing support.

  • Requirements
    • National Police Certificate *
    • Working with Children Check *

    You will be required to sign a code of conduct and submit a working with children check and a Police check.

    * May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.

The objectives of the Helping Hand program are to: • Maximise the potential of young refugees; • Help a young person settle into the local community, by providing a support structure; • Assist with everyday activities, such as learning English, using public transport, studying and gaining employment; and • Create connections and promote harmony within the community.

Role of a Mentor: You will be matched with a participant aged between 13 -21. The Mentor meets with their Mentee on an ongoing basis, developing a significant and rich relationship that supports and encourages the participant's transition and settlement into community. The aim is to develop a supportive mentoring relationship through the transitions that youth participants experience as  refugees.

In detail, the mentor would be required to: • Commit to building a supportive relationship with a refugee youth • Attend and actively participate in information sessions • Meet in person with the mentee for at least 5 hours per month • Complete an activity log after each meeting • Have regular contact and follow up with program coordinator and match support specialist • Attend ongoing monthly mentor meetings or complete and submit activity logs after each Mentor contact meeting • Attend training where possible