Working with your business to help you achieve your mission through
providing volunteering opportunities for your team
We’ve received investment so we can invest in your business
If your business is interested in working with us please get in touch with Rebecca for a chat. firstname.lastname@example.org Mob: 07530 028446
1. What are we offering?
- We offer businesses a unique staff training and development opportunity. You may be looking to change the culture of your organisation, or to build new leadership, social and team skills for your staff. We can do this for you.
- We will train your staff to become Volunteer Tenancy Mentors.
- Not only with your team gain new social and team skills, empathy and motivation, but they will have a local social impact and prevent youth homelessness at the same time.
This is not CSR. This is sustainable social action that benefits your business long term.
Our Volunteer Tenancy Mentoring training packages include two-day high quality volunteer training, comprehensive policies, training packs, vetting and ongoing support for the mentors. Thanks to investment from Nesta we can offer discounts of up to 50% for bulk training orders and longer-term commitments until March 2019.
2. Why would you get involved?
Download a one-page PDF to find out more about why an employer would want to get involved.
Your business wants to get involved because:
- You want your business to be successful
- We want young people and communities to be successful and become the adults they want to be
And that’s why together we can make a real difference.
Find out more here about the business case for getting involved.
3. 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.
- This can be a daunting time for anyone, but especially if there isn’t lots of support around you and you’re 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 can have a huge impact at this critical time.
4. What do Volunteer Tenancy Mentors do?
- After successfully completing the two-day training course, mentors are carefully matched to their mentees and make safe arrangements to meet.
- They may meet weekly and no less than fortnightly. The early days are critical to building a relationship and making it work.
- Everyone signs a Code of Conduct and completes a questionnaire to understand more about the support the mentee wants.
- The mentee owns the relationship akin with the restorative approach to everything we do.
Click here for FAQs about being a mentor.
5. Does it work?
- Introducing Amelia (mentee) and Serena (mentor) in the picture above. Amelia describes the support of her mentor as ‘invaluable’.
- Young people moving to independence tell us that they are anxious about the move and suddenly being on their own.
- 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 happen over a coffee and be a structured conversation.
- Others may be more action focused and involve researching where to find CV help or scrutinizing a budget. Young people tell us that being ‘nudged’ by a mentor is really helpful and makes them feel less isolated.
- A number of our mentees have also moved into training or work with help from our mentors. Read our one-page impact report here.
6. And how does it end?
- We’ll interview the Volunteer Tenancy Mentors and others in your business to find out about the difference it’s made to your business.
- We will undertake an end questionnaire with the mentee and usually a final case-study interview.
- This helps us to understand the difference you’ve made, the difference it’s made to you as well as reassure the young person that they are not being abandoned.
- We want to leave them knowing that our door remains open as well as knowledgeable about other avenues of support.
7. Business wanting to get involved?
If your business is interested in becoming a partner please get in touch with Rebecca for a chat. email@example.com Mob: 07530 028446
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