Volunteer Mentor

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Big Leaf Foundation is a small charity working with displaced young people in Surrey. Our aim is to provide a nurturing programme of activities, projects and events that focus on combatting social isolation and improving wellbeing for the young people we support.

We’re recruiting volunteer mentors to work alongside us in supporting young people through our Young Leaders programme. As a volunteer mentor you will  offer emotional and practical support to a displaced young person in either Redhill or Guildford (or surrounding areas) helping build confidence, explore their thoughts and emotions arising from the programme, set personal objectives and plan their progression beyond the life of the Young Leaders programme.

You must be able to commit to meeting once a week with your mentee (for 1-2 hours, at a time that is convenient for you both) and for a fixed period of 4 months starting in January 2022. Successful candidates will need to attend one full day of training on Friday 10 December, the programme launch (meet the mentees) on Friday 14 January and participate in peer network meetings once a month for the duration of the programme.

What we provide:

  • Induction and training to ensure volunteers understand the remit of their role.
  • Monthly supervision and debriefs after every mentoring session.
  • Expenses including travel costs within Surrey and a small budget for refreshments during in-person meetings.
  • ​We will provide safeguarding training as part of the induction process and will support you to identify and respond appropriately to any safeguarding and protection issues arising during mentoring sessions.

What skills do I need?

Shared values | You share our determination to support and empower displaced young people to know they are more than their status, and help them find their place within their local community.

​Reliable | You understand that trust is the basis for a strong mentoring relationship and that being reliable is central to building trust. You’re committed to the role and attending all mentoring sessions.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills | You understand the importance of active listening and you communicate well with young people using compassion and empathy.

Non-judgmental attitude | You demonstrate kindness and openness and do not impose personal values.

Professional | You provide emotional support in a calm and responsible manner that respects boundaries and places safeguarding at its core. 

Positive and resilient | You meet challenges with optimism, seeing them as an opportunity to learn, and you instil confidence in others, supporting them at difficult and challenging times.

An understanding of the issues and experiences of young people who are coming to the UK as asylum seekers and refugees is also desirable.

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Big Leaf Foundation

Quick Enquiry


  • Employment, Education and Training
  • Refugees
  • Young People


  • Befriending & Buddying
  • Mentoring
  • Youth Work


  • Accessibility
    You can meet your mentee at a location of you and your mentees choice (including online)
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 10/12/2021

End Date: 13/05/2022

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Availability Details

You will meet your mentee once a week for 1-2 hours at a time (at a time and location of you and your mentee’s choice) for a fixed term of 4 months. Key dates Closing date: Thursday, 18th November at 6pm Interviews: Week commencing 22 November Induction & training: Friday 10 December Programme launch (meet the mentees): Friday 14 January 2022

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