Volunteer mentors needed

West Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service (WLDAS) are looking to recruit more Mentors to support a dedicated team of Project Workers who provide specialist support to individuals and families who are still living in, or have recently left an abusive relationship that require advice and support with regards to options available to them.  Typically users of the mentoring scheme are no longer in the abusive relationship and have already accessed WLDAS mainstream specialist support around the domestic abuse, but could still benefit from extended support from a Volunteer Mentor.
 
Volunteer Mentors are recruited and given full training to support survivors who are further along in their journey to plan positive changes in their lives, developing a positive and supportive relationship with their mentee –  listening, encouraging and supporting. Mentoring is an excellent tool to increase confidence and self-esteem, aspiration and achievement. It’s mutually beneficial for both parties as it leads to new experiences, greater awareness and a community of people who understand that domestic abuse is a social problem that we can all help to change. The aim of the Mentoring Scheme is not only to improve outcomes for individuals and families affected by domestic abuse but to also provide an enriching, fulfilling and rewarding experience through volunteer mentoring. The next training sessions will be in June.
 
This role is open to anyone aged 21 and over and is subject to an enhanced DBS check. References will be required. It’d be useful to have some knowledge and understanding of domestic abuse. Good communication skills are key, with the ability to demonstrate empathy, listening and interpersonal skills and to work independently at times. Good organisational skills are handy too, with a reasonable level of computer literacy – Microsoft Word.  
 
For more information please contact your local Volunteer Centre.