Seven steps to involving your business in Volunteer Tenancy Mentoring
Does your business love learning new skills, changing lives and making good financial decisions?
You can make all three happen in seven easy steps:
- What we offer you
Are you looking to change the culture of your organisation, or to empower new leadership behaviours in your business? We can help. We can improve the social and teamwork skills of your staff, show the world that you care and want to make a difference too.
We will train your staff to become Volunteer Tenancy Mentors:
- We will embed workplace behaviours of improved teamwork, enhanced empathy and help you make a real social impact locally, through sustainable social action that can even prevent homelessness amongst the young.
- Our two-day Volunteer Tenancy Mentoring training packages include extensive coaching, high quality practical resources and ongoing mentor support.
- We make this affordable for businesses by charging only £300 per person for the two day training programme, with discounts available for ten people or more.
- Why would you get involved?
- Offering Volunteer Tenancy Mentoring can benefit your staff recruitment, retention and your status in the local community.
- As, for example, a social landlord or a local authority, you may be keen to offer new skills and improve the motivation of your staff.
- It is also cost-effective staff development training for you as a charity or school, for example.
- You will make a difference to young people’s lives.
Find out more here: about the difference it will make to your business.
Find out more here about the business case for getting involved.
- Who can be a Volunteer Tenancy Mentor?
- People from all backgrounds and of all ages have something to offer a young person setting up home for the first time.
- People who will care and support, as this can be a daunting time for anyone struggling to create a home on a low income.
- Many of our mentees have been in care, or previously been homeless. Support from a trusted adult, who is also a volunteer, has a huge impact, at this critical time.
- What do Volunteer Tenancy Mentors do?
- Meet up. After the two day induction and training, mentors are matched with the young person and safe arrangements are made to meet.
- Mentors meet weekly at the outset and then at least every two weeks, to build a professional, longer-term, supportive relationship.
- Mentors and mentees each sign a Code of Conduct and the mentee completes a questionnaire to explain support needs.
Click here for FAQs about being a mentor.
- Does it work?
Yes, it works. Here’s a real example:
- Amelia (mentee above) describes the support of her mentor as ‘invaluable’. She doesn’t know where she’d be now without her. We know where Amelia is – she’s in her third year at the UEA!
- Young people moving to independence tell us that they are often anxious about the move and suddenly being on their own. Their mentor helps with these transitions.
- Volunteer Tenancy Mentors offer someone to talk to about everyday things: from how to change a light bulb to longer-term plans, such as finding work. Some relationships may develop informally over a coffee and others can be a structured conversation around, say, money skills and budgeting.
- Others may be more action-focused and involve researching where to find CV help or setting and sticking to a financial budget. Young people tell us that being ‘nudged’ by a mentor is helpful and empowering.
- How does the mentoring end?
- We all talk. We talk to you and your employer to find out about the difference it’s made to you and your employer.
- We will undertake a questionnaire with the mentee and, usually, a final case-study interview.
- This helps us to evaluate the positive impact you’ve made, the difference it’s made to you, as well as reassure the young person.
- We want your staff to leave knowing that our door remains open and they can maintain contact and explore other avenues of support.
- We celebrate. You and your mentee will come along, have your achievements recognised, and each receive a certificate acknowledging the positive help you’ve engendered.
- How can you get involved?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Mob: 07530 028446
Apply to be a Volunteer Tenancy Mentor here.
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- You can apply to become a Volunteer Tenancy Mentor right now!
- We’re running a seminar in partnership with Jarrold Training on 22nd November. Find out more here: Your-Own-Place-221117.docx.pdf.
- Next training dates 11th and 12th January 2018 in Norwich. Sign up here.
- Dates coming up in 2018 include: Ipswich, Great Yarmouth, Stowmarket, Diss, Cromer, Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe, Thetford, King’s Lynn and Norwich.