We hope the following questions and answers cover everything you’d like to know. If we still haven’t answered your question, please get in touch with us directly on 0207 281 5858 x228.
You will need to complete all three days of Mentor Training. Some key training elements include:
Trainees repeatedly tell us Chance UK training is enjoyable and worthwhile.
An interview with two staff members will be arranged on the last training day. It will include questions about Mentor Training; questions about you and what makes you tick; and questions to make sure we match you well. Once this is complete and we have seen your DBS certificate and two professional references, the staff team will collectively decide whether to formally accept you as a Chance UK mentor. If you’re accepted, you’ll be added to our matching list to be matched with a child.
Maybe. You should mention this on your application form, and contact the Senior Programme Manager for the area you wish to mentor in as soon as possible to discuss any cautions or convictions privately and in confidence. Your DBS certificate will only be seen and verified by these select senior staff.
A senior member of staff will explain to you why the team came to that decision. If you’d like a formal letter outlining this, we’d be happy to do this for you too.
As a rough guide, a potential mentor should expect to wait 4-6 months from submitting their application to being matched with a child. This usually depends on how soon we have your DBS certificate and two professional references – or if we currently have children that would best benefit from your skills. Matching can be as quick as a few weeks to up to six months in unusual circumstances. If you have been accepted and are waiting to be matched, please stay in touch – especially to update your contact details!
This mainly depends on the child’s interests, what you’re willing to try, and the skills you decide to develop together! Local parks, libraries and cafés can form regular venues for working on projects or practicing a chosen activity. Other venues such as sports centres, museums or galleries offer good opportunities for having fun, getting to know each other, using up energy, trying something new – or learning what the child isn’t interested in! Every session is a new opportunity for progress or learning.
Yes of course! If you are planning on taking any extended holidays of more than 3 weeks at any one time during the mentoring year, this may not be the right time for you to mentor a child. But normal holiday breaks are fine.
During term time you would need to be available to do weekly mentoring sessions either after school or at weekends. Mentoring sessions always happen outside of school time.
All your sessions will be booked via the child’s parent/carer. You will collect the child from them (or another agreed safe adult) at their home.
No. Your mentoring relationship is ‘real-life’ only.
Mentors have to be over 18 years old. There is no upper age limit – we’re interested in what you can do rather than how old you are.
No. The child you mentor can only ever have contact with you.
We take responsibility for all the relationships that we create. With Chance UK supervising and managing these relationships we can ensure that everyone involved is appropriately safeguarded. The final months of the year are collaboratively planned with the child, discussed with everyone involved, and the child’s progress over the year is celebrated. Mentoring is also a chance for the child to experience the positive and planned ending of a relationship. At the end of the mentoring year you will sign a no-contact contract agreeing no more contact between the child and you. If the child or family tries to contact you after the mentoring is over, please let us know and we will check with them that everything is okay.