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Positive Futures Mentor volunteer

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Use your life experiences and insights to support a deaf young person

Positive Futures Mentor volunteers are an essential part of our mentoring programme for deaf young people. As a mentor you can help a deaf young person to overcome challenges and inspire them to reach their potential. You’ll be able to use your own experiences to offer them support and guidance and be there for them as someone they can trust.

About you

To be a mentor, you need to be:

  • deaf – we welcome all levels of deafness
  • aged 18 to 25 years
  • based in the UK
  • willing to support deaf young people by sharing your advice,
  • knowledge and experiences with them
  • able to communicate effectively with your mentee(s) and as part of a wider mentoring team.

What you’ll do as a mentor

As a mentor, you’ll be matched with one or two mentees (you can let us know your preference). They will be deaf young people aged 14 to 18.

You’ll provide them with one-to-one support for a period of 10 weeks and offer personalised support to them on a wide range of topics, such as:

  • emotional health and wellbeing
  • deaf identity
  • studying and revision
  • further education
  • careers.

Acting as a positive deaf role model, you will also take responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of your mentee(s).

Overall you can support them to become more independent and help them to:

  • practice and develop their communication skills
  • feel less isolated by communicating with them weekly
  • develop coping skills in dealing with setbacks and challenges
  • build a sense of belonging and feel understood by their peers
  • realise their potential.

Where the mentoring takes place

All conversations between you and your mentee(s) will take place online by text or pre-recorded videos if you and your mentee prefer to use British Sign Language (BSL). These take place on Brightside’s secure online mentoring platform. We have partnered with Brightside, an established charity who are experts in online mentoring for young people, to deliver our programme.

When you can volunteer

We do our best to match all of our mentees with a suitable mentor so that they can get the best support possible. This means it may take a while for us to find you the right mentee.

When a suitable match is found, the mentoring will take place during a 10-week period. You will be expected to spend approximately one hour per week supporting your mentee. This doesn’t need to be all at the same time, your messages can be spread out over the week. If you are supporting two mentees, your time commitment will be roughly an hour for each so two hours per week.

You can agree with your mentee(s) when you would like to communicate. It could be at any time of day, during the day, evenings or weekend.

What you’ll get out of volunteering

There are lots of great reasons to become a mentor, these include:

  • having a positive impact on a deaf young person's life
  • the opportunity to give back
  • talking to new people and other volunteers
  • being part of a wider team
  • learning new skills.

Training and support

To support you in your volunteer role, you’ll need to complete a range of online courses. These can be done in your own time from home and will take approximately 1-2 hours in total to complete.

You’ll also need to attend an online training event hosted by our Mentoring project team and Brightside to learn more about mentoring and how to use Brightside’s online platform.

If you ever have any questions or concerns, our friendly volunteering team will be happy to help throughout your time volunteering with us.

Applying for the role

If your application is successful, we’ll invite you to a short interview.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. You'll also be asked to complete an Enhanced DBS with barred list check if you live in England or Wales, a PVG scheme if you live in Scotland, or an AccessNI check if you live in Northern Ireland.

If you'd like to apply for this role, please email [email protected] and our Volunteering team will send you an application form.