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Mentor Volunteer Launceston

  • Location: Newstead TAS
  • Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
  • Category: Young People
  • Time Required

    3 hours a fortnight minimum for 12+ months

  • Type of work
    • Tutoring & Coaching
  • Training

    orientation and induction required

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

    • Build a constructive relationship with a young person considered to be at risk in society, either because they are in custody, involved in community Youth Justice or on a Child Protection order.
    • Maintain the mentoring relationship beyond times of transition for the young person, such as the end of their custodial sentence or Child Protection order.
    • Engage with a young person through the pursuit of common interests.
    • Provide non-judgemental support and friendship with the young person.
    • Abide by the Whitelion Mentoring Program’s Code of Ethical Conduct
    • Meet with the young person for at least 3 hours per fortnight.
    • Contact the young person at least weekly by phone.
    • Commit to a minimum of 12 months matched with a young person.
    • Maintain, at a minimum, monthly contact with your Mentoring Coordinator:
    o engage in supervision as required;
    o provide information about the progress of the mentoring relationship;
    o seek guidance when ethical dilemmas arise; and
    o respond to invitations for training and activities in a timely manner.
    • Attend ongoing ‘Mentor Matters’ training and other Whitelion organised activities.
    • Make every effort to attend the Community Days to encourage you and your young person’s sense of community with Whitelion.
    • Have respect for the systems in which Whitelion’s young people are placed and the key people in their lives.
    • Represent Whitelion positively and act as a positive role model in all interactions in the community.

    Days and times of volunteer work:

    Three hours per fortnight at a time that is negotiated between the mentor and the young person, and is suitable and convenient for both parties.

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

The aim of the mentoring program is to promote purposeful, voluntary, relationships in which mentors assist young people (between 10 and 25 years of age) to develop a positive sense of self and connections with their community. Mentors engage in regular recreational activities with individual young people to facilitate the development of an enduring, constructive relationship. This reduces the isolation many young people experience following institutional living and engenders hope for a positive future and active engagement in the community.

Mentoring offers many opportunities for mentors. If accepted into the program you will: • receive regular support and training from our mentoring staff; • be able to have fun and connect with young people in the pursuit of recreational activities and other interests; • be challenged and rewarded on a personal and intellectual level; and • gain a greater understanding of the community in which you live.

People interested in mentoring are required to: • attend an information session on a designated weeknight; • undergo an interview with a mentoring staff member during business hours; • take part in compulsory essential training at an agreed time; • undergo a police check and reference checks;
• commit to obtaining a volunteer Working with Children Check

If successful, they are then able to participate in group activities with young people before they are matched with an individual young person.