To develop and maintain a mentoring relationship with a Young Carer with the support of Little Dreamers staff over a 6-month period.
Are you passionate about creating social change?
Are you looking to volunteer your time to improve the life of a young person?
This is your opportunity to make a difference - to impact the life of a Young Carer and build a meaningful and important relationship.
Often young people growing up in families affected by disability, illness or addiction feel isolated and lonely. We believe that mentoring is a powerful way to make a difference to the life of a young person.
Each young person is individually matched to the most suitable mentor based on shared interests and geographical location. Each mentoring relationship will be different based on the needs of the mentee. For example, some mentees may simply want someone to hang out with while others will need greater support and guidance in dealing with their home circumstances.
Mentoring with Little Dreamers offers many opportunities for mentors. If accepted into the program you will:
- receive regular support and training from mentor staff
- be able to have fun and connect with a young person
- be challenged and rewarded on a personal and intellectual level; and
- gain a greater understanding of the challenges some people face in our community
REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A MENTOR
- Be available to undergo a face-to-face interview with a mentoring staff member during business hours (8am-6pm)
- Attend a Little Dreamers induction
- Take part in ongoing Little Dreamers training
- Obtain a Working with Children Check
- Complete a police check
- Demonstrate a commitment to seeking guidance when ethical dilemmas arise
- Maintain regular contact with you mentoring staff member by completing a 'Mentoring Meet Up' after each encounter with your mentee
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
- Passionate, caring and energetic people
- Commitment: Mentors must demonstrate a strong commitment to their mentoring role whilst also being flexible to the young person's circumstances.
- Communication skills: Mentors must be friendly and able to engage with a young person in a non-judgemental and appropriate manner.
- Self Awareness: Mentors should be aware of their strengths and weaknesses and be able to ask for help and support. Mentors need to be able to set boundaries with their mentee.
- Life stage: Mentors should have both the maturity and time to commit to an ongoing relationship with a young person.
- Ethics: Mentors should have an appreciation of ethical issues and can be entrusted to behave appropriately around vulnerable people and seek guidance when unsure.