Thrive Secondary School Volunteer Mentor
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SummarySupporting secondary school students through 1:1 or group mentoring. Helping students develop independent skills to cope with relevant issues e.g anxiety
• Role title: Thrive Volunteer Mentor
• Based: St Peter’s Secondary School, Hinchingbrooke Secondary School
• Responsible to: Project Lead, Ruth Hunt
• Hours of work: Flexible
Overview of role
Thrive Youth Work Huntingdon is a Christian project that aims to see the lives of young people transformed. We do this by partnering with churches, schools, and communities to offer programmes that support the social, emotional, and spiritual growth of young people.
In your role as a Volunteer Mentor, you will provide young people with early intervention and pastoral support to help them develop independent skills to cope with issues such as anxiety and low self-esteem. This can either be done through weekly 1:1 and/or group mentoring over a set period (usually 6 weeks). This role would be a brilliant opportunity for anyone who would like to be part of our mission to serve and care for young people in the area and has experience working with young people.
Hours can be flexible, and commitment can be discussed with the Project Lead/Mentoring Coordinator. Training will be provided.
It is important to note that our mentoring work is purely pastoral without a direct faith focus; we create space for conversations around faith in other strands of Thrive.
· Provide mentoring on a weekly basis to students in secondary school
· Take part in mentoring and safeguarding training with Thrive
· Follow the school’s safeguarding procedures to ensure the welfare and safety of students
· Maintain appropriate and safe boundaries
· Communicate regularly with the school pastoral and safeguarding lead, and the Thrive Mentoring coordinator
Skills and Experience:
· Strong communication and listening skills
· Experience working with young people
· Able to follow safeguarding procedures
· Good understanding of mental health and social issues faced by young people
· Mentoring experience desirable, but not necessary
· Passionate about youth work and/or mental health
· Warm and approachable
· Reliable and trustworthy
· Organised and self-motivated
· Respectful and unjudgmental
What we will provide to volunteers💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support
About Thrive Youth Work Huntingdon
We do this through:
• Thrive Schools Work – Thrive provides programmes for students in local secondary schools whom the school have identified as needing additional pastoral and mental health support. We do this through our 1:1 mentoring programme and tailored support groups. These are programmes designed to provide a listening ear, a safe space, and pastoral support across a range of issues.
• Thrive Community Programmes – Thrive provides weekly youth cafes during term time. These are safe spaces for young people to socialise after school during their free time, engage in fun activities, access pastoral support, and connect with local youth workers. Additionally, we provide an exciting range of activities through our Summer Programme.
• Thrive Faith Activities - Thrive offers opportunities throughout the year for young people of all faiths and none to explore Christian faith, including our half termly Thrive Collectives, and a Summer Residential.