Information for Volunteers
Volunteering as an intandem Mentor with Volunteer Glasgow will offer you
- Initial training with a focus on personal development
- New skills and experience valued by employers, training providers and further education providers
- The chance to make a difference to the life of a young person whose circumstances are difficult, complex and stressful
- Support in your role from expert, experienced staff
- The opportunity to invest in yourself and in the life of a young person who, with your assistance can learn new skills, cope better with their circumstances, feel good about themselves and realise their goals.
If this ticks your boxes, get in touch – we’ll talk to you about the mentoring role; our commitment to you; the commitment we’re looking for from you. You’ll be invited along to our next training Programme and then, if both you and we think this is the right volunteering role for you we’ll match you with the young person to whom you’re best suited.
Of course, there’s some paperwork but we’ll complete the application form while you’re talking to us and we’ll help with the application for membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme – mentoring is about getting out there with your young person, building a supportive relationship through which they can thrive, enjoying fun activities together – that’s where we want your energy to go.
John has just been matched and has started mentoring – he kindly agreed to answer a few questions on his journey so far with the intandem Mentoring Programme…
What motivated you to apply for the role of a mentor with intandem?
“I wanted to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged children. It was very easy for me to work 5 days per week, and have 2 days off to do whatever I wanted, week in and week out. I felt that I could put my days off to good use, and I wanted to be at the forefront in ensuring that by being a mentor for a young person I can offer support and guidance in helping them create a healthy balanced life and helping them understand that they each have opportunities in life to do virtually anything they want on the right mind-set.”
What was the initial interview like?
“It was very relaxed, and was tailored around why I wanted to become a mentor, what skills I could bring, what were my hobbies and interests, and what I wanted to get out of becoming a mentor“
What was your expectations of training? And how was your experience of the training?
“Initially, I was unsure what the training would involve, as this was a new experience to me, I was completely apprehensive on my first day however the training was fantastic. Throughout completing various stages of the training, and learning new things, I noticed myself changing in the way that I now look at the bigger picture when working with young people, I now think of what impact certain things may have on young people, and on how they process emotions and behaviours different to that of an adult”
Finally, what were your hopes for a match? What kind of young person were you hoping to be matched with?
“I hoped to be matched very shortly after the Completion Interview, I was open minded with mentoring any young person in the sense that I would be part of a team aimed at making a difference in the young person’s life and that to me was more important than my preference”
John was matched with “D” who is 12 and they had their first outing in July. To join him as an intandem Mentor, get in touch
or phone Sam on 226 2560