Mentors engage with individuals, developing rapport to build confidence, be a listening ear, discuss options and encourage engagement; offering additional capacity to offender managers and help to support targeted interventions, resettlement, community integration and citizenship.
A few examples of the kind of activities Mentors might help with include:
- Assisting with completion of forms for things such as accommodation, benefits or job applications
- Encouraging self-help, development of self esteem and a pro-social lifestyle
- Supporting service users in attending appointments, this may include showing them how to get to somewhere, going there with them or providing advocacy support
- Coaching basic skills such as using public transport or making phone calls, for example to establish information about local resources or to help a service user manage their utilities
- Assisting with “homework” or skills practice between Probation appointments
- Supporting service users with the transition from prison to community
The role will involve lone working in meeting with service users in public places, hence you will need to be responsible for maintaining appropriate boundaries and avoid being drawn into dependency relationships.
Expenses will be reimbursed.
You must be over 21