Working with business partners
We work with businesses to provide their staff with a unique training and development opportunity as Volunteer Tenancy Mentors and to prevent youth homelessness at the same time.
Our Volunteer Tenancy Mentoring training packages include high quality volunteer training, comprehensive policies, training packs, vetting and ongoing support for the mentors.
Download a one-page PDF about why an employer would want to get involved.
Our expertise is supporting young people in transition to adult life. And that’s where businesses and their employees can make a real difference as volunteers. Employees 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.
We’re looking for new businesses who are interested in partnering with us to benefit from this unique opportunity. Find out more here about why your business should get involved in this kind of social investment.
What do they do?
After successfully completing their mandatory minimum two-day training course, our 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 relationships 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.
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. Our 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. Our 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.
What about peer mentors?
We’re constantly recruiting new volunteers to meet the demand for mentors. Some volunteers come forward because they’ve overcome a tough time themselves. These mentors aged 21-25 are our ‘peer mentors’ and are gaining their own skills and confidence through being supported as a mentor.
And how does it end?
At the end of a mentoring relationship we undertake an end questionnaire and usually a final case-study interview. This helps us to understand the difference we’ve made 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.
Our two fully funded projects have now ended.
Having development a comprehensive recruitment and training programme, we are able to recruit new mentors very quickly. If you’re looking for a mentor for a young person, get in touch, as we can manage a match for a very small fee.
If you’re interested in making a referral of a young person use this link.
If your business is interested in becoming a partner please get in touch.