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Unfold - Empowerment through Mentoring
Unfold are reaching communities who face the most exclusion, this is because, although we are open to everyone, 85% of the families we support are single headed households led by a woman, 98% of our service users are from racialised groups, and 60% of our referrals come from other supporting services. Unfold have also expanded and adapted our services to support Asylum Seekers and young people in…

As a mentors for children and young people, you will support your mentee achieve and identify goals that matter to them. With the opportunity to be a mentor for a young person  Asylum Seeker you will be supporting a young person through often a very difficult and challenging time to navigate life in a new environment and culture, away from the comforts of familiarity and belonging.


Meeting 1-2 hrs a week, on a 1-2-1 basis, over a duration of 24 weekly session, you'll:

  • Support your mentee to help them achieve and identify goals to get them where they want to be through encouraging your mentee to consider future options and assist them in developing strategies to attain their goals.
  • Develop a trusting, supportive and non-judgemental relationship, by providing emotional, social and practical support to boost confidence and independence.
  • Support your mentee to make social connections with their local community, services or groups.
Who will the volunteers be working with?
Fully supported by a designated Programme Officer you will be working with a young person between the ages of 10-25yrs, our young Asylum Seekers are of the same age as on our general programme.
Through our comprehensive training and ongoing support, you will develop skills in positive psychology and coaching style techniques to effectively support a refugee woman to making steps towards positive change.
You will gain transferable skills relevant for personal and professional development, this includes but is not limited to team working, empathetic leadership, organisation, growth mindset and adaptive communication styles and approaches.

Through our compulsory monthly group supervision, you will have the opportunity to share your journey and support others though your learning.

Time commitment

We ask volunteers to commit to delivering mentoring  1–2-hours a week, over a period of 24 sessions. Through mentee and mentor testimonies we have seen the positive impact holding sessions in person vs online has, and so we would ask any perspective volunteers to be prepared to be available for all in person sessions should this be the required need of your mentee.  
Attending monthly group online meetings, which is a great opportunity for all the mentors to come together discuss challenges, successes and further develop mentoring skills.
Application deadline

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working to keep you safe and supported whilst you volunteer.

You’ll never be out of pocket for volunteering through us – with in-London travel expenses to and from your volunteering guaranteed.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch with us at any time.