Become Volunteer Tenancy Mentors, change lives AND save the business money!
- You can apply to become a Volunteer Tenancy Mentor right now!
- Next training dates 10th and 11th January 2018. Sign up here.
Or maybe you’re a business in Norfolk or Suffolk that spends too much on recruitment and struggles to motivate and retain staff? Find out here how your business could benefit my investing in your staff and making a difference to young people’s lives at the same time.
1. What are we offering?
- We are offering your 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. Maybe you want to show the world that you’re a values driven organisation that wants to make a difference too. We can do all 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.
Rather than one-off Corporate Social Responsibility, this is sustainable social action in the form of CPD 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. All for just £300 per person.
Thanks to investment we can offer discounts of up to 50% for bulk training orders and longer-term commitments.
2. Why would you get involved?
- Are you a local small business wanting to improve your staff recruitment package as well as your community?
- Are you a social landlord or local authority wanting to offer new skills to your staff?
- Are you a charity seeking cost-effective staff development training?
For you it’s a win-win – great staff development AND making a difference to young people’s lives.
You may be asking what else your business will get out of it. Read about our rewards package here.
Find out more here about the difference it will make to your business.
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 motivational 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 around money skills and budgeting.
- 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. How does the mentoring 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.
- And we love a celebration and will invite you and your mentee to come along and receive a certificate and recognition of all you have achieved.
7. How can we get involved?
Contact email@example.com Mob: 07530 028446
Apply to be a Volunteer Tenancy Mentor here.
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