Empower your employees to change lives and learn new skills
What are the benefits of training your employees to be volunteer mentors?
Hear from Leathes Prior Solicitors why they got involved.
Volunteering opportunities for your employees are an amazing way for your organisation to make an impactful difference locally, stand out from the crown and develop staff skills all at the same time.
It empowers your staff with new leadership behaviours, has a positive impact on their social and teamwork skills, and can help you change and improve the culture within your organisation.
Why choose Employer Supported Volunteer Mentoring?
Because it’s more than a one-off and therefore has more impact for everyone!
Trained employee volunteers mentor young people in Norfolk and Suffolk that are making the transition to independent living. Those we support often lack support and may be leaving the care system, leaving school or college, leaving prison, leaving supported accommodation, going to college or university or just leaving home for the first time.
Our uniquely engaging and highly regarded two-day Volunteer Tenancy Mentoring training course includes extensive coaching, high quality practical resources and tools for the workplace followed by ongoing mentor support.
Employer Supported Volunteer Mentoring will:
- Have a positive impact on your business’s staff recruitment and retention
- Offer great Career Professional Development (CPD)
- Improve your business’s brand in the local community
- Provide your staff with new skills including social skills, work-readiness skills as well as improve their motivation
- Improve teamwork, leadership skills and enhance empathy in your organisation’s workplace
- Result in sustainable social action that changes lives and results in the prevention of street homelessness in our communities
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. We just ask them to be over 21!
- Anyone that is open to new experiences and able to reflect on their own experiences, offer empathy, guidance, practical ideas and support.
- Some of our mentors have been in care themselves, or previously been homeless. Support from a Peer Mentor hugely benefits both mentor and mentee.
What do Volunteer Tenancy Mentors do?
- After the two-day induction and training (including enhanced DBS and short interview), mentors are matched with a young person (mentee) and safe arrangements are made to meet.
- Mentors and mentees each sign a Code of Conduct and we facilitate the match.
- After the training we ask our trained mentors to meet the young person for just an hour a week and have an informal chat over a coffee. And we’re at the end of the phone at all times.
- 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 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.
Click here for FAQs about being a mentor.
What happens once the relationship is completed?
- We will undertake a questionnaire with the mentee and, usually, a final case-study interview. This helps us to evaluate the positive impact your employee has made and to reassure the mentee about the future.
- We want employees to leave knowing that our door remains open and they can maintain contact and explore other avenues of support
- We celebrate everyone’s achievements. Your employees and their mentees will have their achievements recognised.
- We’d love to work with your organisation to learn about the impact mentoring has had.
Success Stories for mentors
- Norwich City Council were one of the first local organisations to see the benefits of training their staff in new skills that invest in the community too.
- We are also proud to count among our customers: Leathes Prior Solicitors, Adnams, Freebridge Housing, Genesis Housing, BiTC and Foster Property Maintenance.
Success Stories for mentees
- Aaliyah (a mentee) told us that although things were going ok in her new two-bedroom flat, she’d really welcome some support about how to manage her water bill and a debt she needs to sort out.
- Amelia (mentee) 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!
- Find out more about the difference it will make to your business
- Read about the Business Case for employee volunteering from BiTC
- Apply to become a Volunteer Tenancy Mentor right now!
- Contact email@example.com Mob: 07530 028446
- Sign up to our Business Partners bi-monthly e-newsletter here.
If you have 6-10 staff that are interested, we’ll train them in a location and on dates that suit your business.
If there are fewer that six staff, then they can slot into the dates below.
- All training runs from 10am – 4pm with lunch included.
- 11th & 12th September in Lowestoft
- 25th & 26th September in Ipswich
- 10th & 11th October in Norwich
- 30th & 31st October in Stowmarket
- 20th & 21st November in Ipswich
- 4th & 5th December in Norwich
More Norwich, Cromer and Felixstowe coming soon!