Let Leathes Prior tell you why they got involved
So what are the benefits of training your employees as volunteer mentors?
- 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.
- And just look at the difference it makes to local young people! You can read an interim report too! Interim-report.pdf
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 adult life. Those we support often lack support and may be leaving the care system, leaving school or college, 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
- Create 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.
- 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.
22nd & 23rd January in Great Yarmouth
9th & 10th February in Norwich
13th & 14th February in Ipswich
5th & 6th March in Dereham
20th & 21st March in Lowestoft
2nd & 3rd April in Norwich