Together in Matson is based at the Redwell Community Centre right in the heart of Matson. Our local community faces many challenges, but also have many talents, skills and ambition at their disposal. We are committed to unlocking opportunities that will allow these strengths and talents to grow, allowing both individuals and the community as a whole to achieve their aspirations and lead fulfilling healthy lives that make a positive difference to the world. We also aim to offer young people and other community members a safe place to be and encourage them to engage in constructive activities that contribute towards developing their potential and talents.
To this end we are very interested in getting together a group of people who would be willing to share their life experiences and advice with young people about the world of work and post 16 study. It’s not a formal mentoring role – more mentoring light, a chance to pass on some life wisdom and encouragement.
We are not looking for formal mentors in the traditional sense of the word that would work intensively with a particular person towards a set goal. Rather we would like people who have good experiences of work or study and living an enriched and positive adult life to be on hand to share their experiences, “survival” tips and also be a sounding board for ideas and ambitions. We are not necessarily looking for the hugely successful, the mega rich or those with perfect lives, who feel they have realised every ambition they have – although if you do fall into any of those categories and have sure fire tips, we’d all be interested to hear! Rather we are looking for people that are willing to share the pathways that their lives have taken, perhaps sharing their techniques and tips for gaining employment, CV writing, succeeding at interviews, undertaking successful study and revision, or creating a work life balance that blends paid work, professional duties with family life and leisure.
Some young people who come to the Redwell Centre may rarely have travelled outside of Gloucestershire. They may not know anyone personally that has attended university, or gone back to studying after being out of school for a while, or only imagine that there is a limited range of careers or life style options open to them. We’d like to open their eyes to the wider world and opportunities that are out there, by showing them first hand where utilising talents and skills, through dedication and perseverance can lead. You may meet young people that are struggling to write a CV and just need a bit of guidance, would love a few top tips on acing their next interview, or want some bright ideas on what the next chapter of their life could entail. Others may just want to have a neutral ear to run their own ideas and ambitions past, or to be a sounding board to get their own ideas straight in their head. For others it may be the encouragements you can offer as an outsider that makes all the difference to their confidence and belief in themselves.
This is quite a flexible challenge as we feel that everyone would have something slightly different to bring to the table – just as everyone that attends the Redwell Centre brings their own particular blend of talents, aspirations and skills to us. We are keen to hear from people that might want to come in for a day to talk to a range of people at informal drop in sessions, as much as those that are willing to make a regular commitment to come in and spend some time with your younger user and really help them develop and grow.
If you would like more details without committing yourself to this challenge please email Vanessa on firstname.lastname@example.org
Why get involved?
This volunteering role offers an opportunity to be part of something that will make a real difference to the young people that use the Redwell Centre. You will helping them build firm foundations for the rest of their lives and equipping them with knowledge and confidence to reach their potential.
You’ll strengthen your communication and empathy skills with young people and get to share your professional and life experiences and knowledge with another person.
It is a great way to highlight your company (and wider profession) to another group of people. Many companies find that it helps them understand their clients or potential clients in a lot more details and can (inadvertently) help them reposition and develop their products. You may also find yourself your next employees from the links you make!
How to get involved?
- Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
- Accept the challenge
- Wait for a reply from the Together in Matson team
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