We recruit and train volunteers to become mentors to young offenders. The mentoring relationship starts in the prison.
The team of volunteers visit the prison once a month and tell the prisoners their story- how they got into offending and, more importantly, the steps they have taken to change their lives around during an Inspirational Talk session. Those with non-offending backgrounds will not attend the Inspirational Talk sessions as they are matched to the young person afterwards but will meet up in the same way as the others.
Each supporter is then matched to a client and they begin to address any issues that they may have, related to their offending behaviour and resettlement needs. They will meet up on a monthly basis and write to the client in between visits.
If the client so wishes, they are met at the Gate and then we support them up to 6 months in the community, helping them find accommodation, employment or drug support etc.
Volunteers are expected to attend 4 days core training and then monthly group supervision and 1-2-1 supervision thereafter. On-going training is available if needed.
We are hoping to recruit a number of volunteers from offending backgrounds who must be reformed ex-offenders. (2 years free from offending + 1 year free from drug or alcohol misuse).
We are also hoping to recruit anyone else who is interested in the client group and supporting them with any resettlement needs.