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Depaul UK

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Depaul UK works with some of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK. We specialise in working in communities where poverty and long-term unemployment has resulted in social exclusion.

Volunteer Mentor 2020/21 (expression of interest)

This opportunity takes place until 31 Aug 2021.

To provide mentoring support to people from a variety of backgrounds who are making the transition to independence. To deliver fun and engaging mentoring sessions to Depaul clients. The focus will be based on health & wellbeing, skills development, creativity and community involvement.

Please note: recruitment for this role is currently on hold as the activity is not able to happen at the moment, but you can still apply to register your interest and a member of the team will contact you about volunteering in the future

Project description:

Mentoring is a service within Depaul which supports young people to become more independent, to learn skills that they will use when they move on from our services. For example, this could be cooking or budgeting skills.  The young people who use the mentoring service will already have goals they would like to work on, these goals will all be productive for independence such as getting out into the community and building social networks.  The mentor will meet with their mentee once a week for up to three hours at a time and complete an activity.  The volunteer mentors will always be supported by the volunteer mentor co-ordinator.   



  • To meet with your mentee for up to three hours a week and complete fun but productive sessions with them working on their already identified goals.
  • To be a listening ear for the mentee  
  • To contact your mentee weekly to arrange sessions
  • To contact the Volunteer and Mentor Co-ordinator after the sessions by either text message, email or phone call.  This is logging the sessions and keeping a record of time and activity spent with the mentee.
  • To email the expense record to the Volunteer and Mentor Co-ordinator to claim back expenses
  • To attend one support session every eight weeks with the Volunteer and Mentor Co-ordinator
  • To attend volunteer forums which take place once every three months, volunteer forums are a great way to get together and discuss our experiences. 

What skills do I need?

Volunteers should have an understanding of the issues faced by disadvantaged young people such as homelessness. The ability to work in a non-judgmental manner is also essential. Good communication, listening and IT skills are important to this role.

What will I gain?

- Travel expenses to/ from the project; all genuine out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed. - Whilst volunteering at the project, volunteers have full liability insurance cover - Appreciation events to recognise the important contribution that volunteers make - Personal & professional development through training, support and ongoing evaluation - References will be available after a period of six months volunteering - Contribute to a project that really does make a difference to the lives of vulnerable people - You will be able to add volunteering to your CV

Training and support

Volunteer Induction training and mentor training must be completed before volunteering can begin. This is to ensure you have a good understanding of your role and feel confident in your volunteering. The Volunteer Induction training is a full day course welcoming you to Depaul and exploring policies and procedures as well as Safety Framework. Mentor training is a half day course covering all of the practicalities for your volunteering role. Volunteers providing an ongoing commitment will have access to Depaul UK training courses if appropriate.

Time commitment

A commitment of 3 hours a week is desirable, there will also be some evening and weekend events. You can choose to volunteer week days, evenings and Saturdays. If you are unable to offer this much time, but are still interested, please do contact us and we can try to come to an agreement.







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Travel information

Mentoring sessions can take place anywhere in Sheffield. This is down to the mentor and mentee to agree between themselves.
  • CausesHomelessness, Poverty and social justice, Teenagers and young adults
  • FrequencyFlexible
  • WhenMonday morning, Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning, Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon, Thursday morning, Thursday afternoon, Friday morning, Friday afternoon
  • Skills and InterestsAdvice and information, Communication skills, Listening, Mentoring
  • Careers and AspirationsSocial work, Teaching, Third sector and charity work

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