Could you volunteer as a mentor to help someone change their life and avoid reoffending after release from prison?
Criminal justice charity Belong provides hope, rehabilitation and recovery to victims and perpetrators of crime. We are working with other criminal justice organisations to provide one to one support, in prisons and after release, to people who have offended and want to change their lives.
We have exciting opportunities available for committed, compassionate people to volunteer as one to one mentors with us. Volunteers will work with people serving sentences at one of the following prisons, depending on volunteers preference and availability:
One to one mentors will build a professional working relationship with individuals as they serve their custodial sentence, prepare for release and resettle into the community. Mentoring sessions will take place once per week or fortnight, for up to one hour per session. During the sessions volunteers will offer support to individuals to assist them to access education, training and employment in and outside of custody and to build and maintain positive relationships. Volunteers need to be able to commit to the role for 9 - 12 months. Mentoring sessions at HMPYOI Feltham will take place on weekdays from 8am to 5pm. Mentoring sessions at HMPYOI Isis, HMP Coldingley and HMP The Mount can take place on weekdays or at weekends.
Successful applicants will be invited to participate in an initial two day training course at HMPYOI Feltham on Saturdays 23rd and 30th November 2019.
Prison security vetting and an enhanced DBS check are required for this role and all volunteers will be supported to undergo this. After vetting processes are complete, further training will be provided at the prison in which mentors are volunteering, with a range of dates available.
Full support and supervision will be provided to volunteers.
We welcome applications from people with lived experience of the criminal justice system.
We are looking for people with at least 3 years experience of working in the criminal justice field or a related sector, such as youth work, teaching, psychotherapy, counselling and social work. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are key for this role. In addition, the ability to work independently and alongside supervisors and other mentors is important. Successful applicants will be confident, resilient, self-motivated, compassionate and reliable.
As a volunteer mentor you will provide individuals with the support and encouragement they need to proactively tackle challenges facing them in prison. You will enable individuals to have hope for their future, to build up their self esteem and to reintegrate back into their community after release. In doing this you will make a crucial difference to society. The individuals you mentor will be better able to avoid harming others by offending. Instead of offending, they will develop healthy relationships and achieve constructive goals.
As part of your mentoring role we will provide you with full training, support and supervision. You will have the opportunity to meet and to work with other likeminded people who share Belong’s values of restoration, respect, inspiration, patience and empowerment.