Can you offer online mentoring support?
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Join our volunteers, who range from film producers to plumbers, and marketing managers to self-employed IT professionals. Together, they have inspired and supported hundreds of young people across London. Everyone has a story to tell and skills to share!
Speak to a group or individual about your industry and how to get a job like yours
Young people can access our online mentoring programmes through our app. We take them through the programme and then they unlock the option to request a session with a guest mentor of their choice – this could be you!
If you’d like to offer more support, why not get involved in our school or college programmes?
Your insight can help open doors to young people and demystify the world of work. You can give advice on:
- Your career journey
- CV writing
- filling in a job application
- writing a personal statement
- tackling homework
- guidance on adult responsibilities
- and more.
What happens after I sign up?
The young people you will help
We work with young people to help identify their interests and areas for development. Requests are many and varied. Some young people are looking for something very specific, whilst others are exploring their options and looking for advice. Above all, all are growing their confidence and life-ready skills with every hour they receive.
A wide range of young people participate in LVN programmes. Some are very vulnerable and disadvantaged, others less so. Many have experienced only negative interaction with adults through statutory services and educational or judicial institutions. For example, those in the care system or pupil referral units.
There are also those who have completed degree courses and tertiary education but who lack confidence or have lost direction and need support to find employment.
When you register you’ll need to provide two references. They will be automatically contacted via email and you can reduce delays by encouraging them to respond. If you haven’t heard from us, we are still awaiting or chasing your references. Check your spam folder for emails from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you’re approved, we’ll let you know.
Finding a match
The nature of our support is deliberately youth-led, so you’ll receive an invite when a young person requests the support you can offer. This could take 5 days or in some cases much longer – but it will be worth the wait!
Make sure to select all the topics that you think you can help with and provide as much detail as possible your bio. You’re much more likely to be invited to a session if your profile has a little personality!
Receiving your invite
We will contact you via email to establish your availability. You can always decline an invitation if it isn’t convenient.
You’ll receive information about the location or with the meeting link if online; the young people you’re likely to meet, and a link to resources to help you prepare.
Giving your hour... and coming back for more?
Relax, have fun and don’t worry. You are there to inform and help and for many young people it’s unique for someone to give their time to them. We know that 10 interactions with volunteers outside their usual sphere of influence can be transformative. Every hour really does help.
Keeping everyone safe
Key safeguarding rules:
- LVN practitioners are responsible for supervising mentoring sessions at all times in both face-to-face and online sessions.
- All contact between yourself and a young person must be via the LVN Practitioner, so do not give your personal contact details to any young person (this includes email, phone and social media). You must inform the LVN Practitioner if a young person gives you theirs.
The safety of young people and peace of mind of volunteers is very important to us. If you are ever concerned about anything before, during or after volunteering, please don’t hesitate to speak to the LVN practitioner from the session or contact LVN directly at email@example.com.