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The Baytree Centre

The Baytree Centre is a social inclusion project for women and girls based in Brixton, London. We aim to create supportive pathways towards social inclusion for inner city families through education and skills development programmes.

Application deadline: 

The Baytree Centre is a social inclusion project for women and girls in the heart of Brixton. We are looking for enthusiastic female volunteers to provide 1-to-1 mentoring on personal development to girls aged 6 to 18. This is open to anyone who has an interest in mentoring and supporting girls and young women in all aspects of their lives. No previous experience is needed as you will be fully supported by the Mentor Development Coordinator and other service staff.

Role Aim: 

The Baytree Centre is a social inclusion project for women and girls in the heart of Brixton. We are looking for enthusiastic female volunteers to provide 1-to-1 mentoring in personal development to girls aged 6 to 18.

Duties: 

Being a Mentor will involve meeting up with your mentee once a week for an hour at the centre in Brixton. Mentoring sessions take place Monday to Thursday from either 4-5pm or 5-6pm or on a Saturday from 10.30-11.30am or 11.30am-12.30pm. Mentors are asked to commit to the whole academic year which lasts from September 2018 until July 2019 (term time only).

As a Youth Mentor your role involves: creating a positive relationship with your mentee and providing them with a suitable role model; advising, assisting, supporting and motivating your mentee in developing skills and new perspectives, which will assist them in achieving and sustaining their personal goals; attending Character Education workshops with your mentee.

Mentors are asked to commit to a minimum of one academic year, in order to provide the stability needed by young people to achieve their maximum potential.

Skills needed: 

Dependability and consistency in meeting the time commitments; Attendance at scheduled mentor training sessions; Willingness to communicate regularly with programme staff and take constructive feedback regarding mentoring activities; Ability to motivate the girls to set their own goals and to achieve them; Social skills and a positive mindset

Training: 

Before starting volunteers will need to attend a volunteer induction and youth mentor training session as well as complete an online child protection and safe guarding training. We also offer ongoing training sessions throughout the year in areas such as Character Education, mental health, youth engagement and behaviour management.

Location: 
The Baytree Centre, 300 Brixton Road London SW9 6AE
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
Monday to Thursday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm
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