Become a Break Mentor
Is this you?
- able to relate to young people
- a good listener
- friendly and patient
- you have a good sense of humour
Break is looking for committed people who have a few hours to spare every couple of weeks to support the charity’s young service users.
This includes young people in care; young people leaving care; young people with disabilities; young carers; young people in foster placements; and young parents in need of support.
Find out more email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Clare Oakley, Mentoring Co-ordinator on: 07771808619 or come along to our free mentoring information evening taking place on Thursday 4th April 6pm-9pm at Break, Diamond House, Vulcan Road North, Norwich, NR6 6AQ. Search Eventbrite or Facebook for more details.
What do Break’s mentors do?
Our mentors give their time to develop a relationship with a vulnerable young person to give them support and encouragement.
Each young person’s needs are different, so the type of
contact a mentor has with a young person will vary, but may include casual activities such as going out for lunch or walks; helping young people access local community activities; or providing support with finding employment or educational opportunities.
Any volunteer must understand that mentoring for Break is a long-term commitment, due to the impact any changes could have on the young person, their carers and families.
The Mentoring and Befriending Foundation states that Mentoring makes a real difference to people who find that they need the dedicated support of another person, often at a time of transition or change.
A supportive relationship with a mentor – who is not family or a close friend – can encourage a young person to make positive changes in their life.
Mentors are carefully recruited, going through a formal application process, training programme and interviews. We also take up references and an Enhanced Criminal Records check.
Ongoing training and regular supervision is provided and Break pays expenses and mileage to mentors.
Meet Tim - one of Break's volunteer mentors: https://www.facebook.com/BreakCharity/videos/315971875659006/