Lincolnshire Action Trust

Volunteer Mentor – Personal Health Wellbeing & Women’s Service

 

Lincolnshire Action Trust:

Lincolnshire Action Trust was established in 2000 and works with a variety of agencies within the criminal justice system to reduce re-offending, by working with people with convictions to address some of the issues and challenges which have resulted in their sentence.

 

The charity offers a range of training opportunities and employment support to prepare people for their release.  Additional key services are also offered to their families and dependants, both during their time in prison and following their release.

 

General overview:

The volunteer mentor project matches volunteers with individuals in the criminal justice system to provide them with encouragement, support, and confidence to develop themselves and access new opportunities, ultimately aiming to reduce reoffending.

 

Mentoring matches work together to identify goals and participate in activities that progress the mentee towards achieving them. This could include working towards employment, volunteering, gaining new skills, emotional wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem, and much more.

 

Volunteers in this role will therefore act as a mentor to an individual over a period of time, working one-to-one with them in the community. They will provide regular feedback of any activities undertaken, adhering to LAT’s safeguarding procedures. Mentoring operates across multiple projects within LAT.

Main tasks will include:

  • Working closely with an individual to achieve their desired goals
  • Meeting regularly to undertake various activities with the individual
  • Providing verbal and written feedback of activities
  • Communicating information effectively to aid multi-agency working and reporting
  • Respecting confidentiality and acting professionally at all times
  • Adhering to professional boundaries throughout the mentoring relationship
  • Providing emotional and practical support

 

Skills required:

  • Confidence and effective communication
  • Active listening
  • An understanding of confidentiality
  • Patience and understanding
  • Reliability and commitment

 

Requirements:

  • Due to the nature of the project, mentors must be over 18.
  • Due to the nature of the project, volunteers for the Women’s Service must be female. The above role is exempt under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1.
  • Advanced DBS including Children and Adult Barred List