Our volunteer mentors help young people to find their own true self; to experience their own attempts, failures and successes, and by so doing, to develop their own natural strengths and potential

As a volunteer mentor you will support the overall delivery of our Out There and TurnAround programmes in Essex.   Mentors typically meet their assigned mentee weekly, for 8 weeks to 6 months, depending on the level of need of the young person, their age, and the project they are engaged with.     A mentor session typically lasts 1 hour.    We work with young people across the county of Essex, so good access to transport is required.
Training will be provided, with the next scheduled training day being held on Saturday 2nd December 2017. 
The ideal volunteer mentor will have a blend of the following skills and abilities:

  • Some experience of young people
  • Good listening skills
  • The skills and resilience to manage challenging behaviour
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • An affinity with the wilderness and outdoor activities

Ideal personality traits are:

  • Self motivation
  • Enthusiasm
  • A positive attitude
  • A team player
  • A forward planner
  • Commitment
  • Self-initiative
  • Reliable and consistent

If this sounds like you and you are able to give a minimum of one hour per week for a minimum of 8 weeks (weekdays daytime during term time) or longer (evenings and weekends for 6 months or more) then we’d love to hear from you.

Next Steps

For an informal conversation about the role of Volunteer Mentor, please call our Operations Manager Richard Corby on 0300 123 3073.   Alternatively download and complete our volunteer Expression of Interest form.
The Wilderness Foundation UK adheres to a Safer Recruitment process.   This voluntary position is subject to an enhanced DBS check, referencing, and you would be required complete mentor training, safeguarding training and attend a panel interview.