“He needed a role model, now he is a role model himself… It is the most rewarding thing I have ever done” – Ines, Chance UK Mentor.
As a Chance UK mentor, you’ll make a genuine difference to a child’s life. Over the course of one year, you’ll motivate your matched child to make positive choices, grow in confidence and overcome challenges.
Chance UK mentor children aged 5-12 years old with behavioural difficulties on a 9- 12 month programme. Our mentors support one child for the year meeting them for a few hours each week, engaging them outside the home and school in fun yet purposeful activities. Through spending focused time with mentors one-to-one we have found that the children we work with are able to develop their skills, raise aspirations and become more confident in themselves.
From visiting the park, playing football to exploring museums and creating a scrapbook mentoring is incredibly varied. The sessions you will plan as a mentor will focus on getting your child involved in new activities and learning new skills.
Don’t worry you will never be left out of pocket as we reimburse your expenses of up to £30 a month for your sessions and £40 a month for your travel.
As well as your mentoring sessions we also ask you to plan your sessions and complete a short report afterwards so we can support you throughout the mentoring journey. Your programme manager will meet you once a month for a supervision, this is your chance to get session inspiration, ask questions and to talk about how your mentoring is going.
Having completed your training and attended an interview with two members of staff you will be carefully matched with a child. We work hard to match children and mentors who we feel will be a good fit for each other, focusing on those who have similar interests.
At the end of the mentoring we have a strict no contact policy. You will be invited to a graduation ceremony to celebrate your mentoring journey, this is a very special occasion and your family and friends are invited to come along too. The graduation ceremony is usually held at the Town Hall with the Mayor in attendance, after this, the mentoring ends.
Mentoring can make a real difference. The time you spend with your child allows them to be themselves and imagine a better future.
If you’d like to become a mentor, you can find out about our application process here.