Mentor – Perth and Kinross

Purpose and Aims of the role

Could you be a positive role model to parents and families facing difficulties and challenging circumstances? Could you help them to gain life skills and work towards achieving their goals?

Aberlour Sustain (Perth and Kinross) help families on the ‘edge of care’ to stay together, by giving them the help and support they need to prevent a child from being taken into care. The families we work with need help for a range of reasons and our workers spend time with children, young people, parents and carers in order to understand what the family needs to thrive. We understand that family life can be difficult for all sorts of reasons. Our approach is always sympathetic and non-judgemental.

We are recruiting volunteer Mentors to support parents by building relationships and supporting them through their day to day challenges. If you have a genuine interest in the wellbeing of children, young people and families in the Perth and Kinross area, we would love to hear from you.

 

What will I be doing?

Volunteers can make a make a difference to a child, young person or family’s life by:

  • Encouraging parents and families to set goals and working to achieve them
  • Spending regular time with a parent to build confidence
  • Helping to develop life skills to promote independence
  • Offering a parent time to talk openly to develop trust
  • Encouraging parents and families to attend groups and try new activities
  • Helping to support families who are experiences difficulties and being there for families when difficulties arise

What skills can I bring to this role?

Volunteer Mentors would benefit from having:

  • A genuine interest in the well-being of children, young people and families
  • Experience working with children, young people and families
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues affecting children, young people and families
  • A non-judgemental, empathetic attitude
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Respect for confidentiality and boundaries

What qualities do I need?

Desirable qualities of a volunteer Mentor also include:

  • Ability to encourage and motivate others to set and achieve goals
  • To have a positive and non-judgemental approach to parents and families
  • Be enthusiastic, flexible and committed
  • Reliable and approachable
  • Patience and understanding
  • Committed to treat all information in a confidential manner
  • To have a good value base, be open minded and level headed

When will I be needed?

Volunteer Mentors will typically spend a few hours a fortnight with the parent. A minimum commitment of 6 months is required for this role. Volunteers should also be committed and available to attend training to meet the needs of the role, as identified by the service.

What will I gain from the role?

By volunteering with Aberlour, you can gain:

  • A sense of satisfaction in helping children, young people and families build their confidence and self-esteem to achieve their full potential
  • Experience of supporting young people to flourish.
  • Practical experience of working with children, young people and families
  • Have fun!

What support will I be given?

Aberlour aims to ensure volunteer is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Volunteers will receive:

  • Induction, child protection and adult protection training
  • Specific training relevant to the role
  • Ongoing support and supervision

Additional Information

Due to Health and Safety requirements you must be at least 18 years of age to undertake this volunteering role.

For all roles involving regulated work with children and/or protected adults, Aberlour will require the applicant to submit a PVG Scheme Record or a PVG Scheme Record Update application. This opportunity is subject to the completion of satisfactory references and successful registration on the PVG Scheme.

 

Contact Details

Shonagh Ferguson (Volunteer Coordinator – North)

volunteering@aberlour.org.uk | 07864 625069