Volunteer Mentors needed for new Meet and Mentoring Service

YSS will be providing  a Meet and Mentoring Service to individuals released  from custody into Shropshire, Telford, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Warwickshire. It’s a busy but exciting time as this is a new model which YSS have been instrumental in developing (based on our previous CONNECT work).

YSS have been contracted by Warwickshire West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company-  WWM CRC (Probation) to provide this service  as part of the Through the Gate service.

  • Volunteer Coordinators will meet the person referred by CRC Resettlement Staff in either HMP Hewell or HMP Featherstone pre-release, and undertake an initial needs analysis which will form the basis of a support plan. The referral criteria is “vulnerable, complex and chaotic”.
  • Specially recruited and trained volunteer mentors will then meet the person on release and transport them back to their local communities. They will then support the individual during their first month of release, helping them address their immediate needs and signposting them onto  other support.
  • In Warwickshire , YSS is working in partnership with Futures Unlocked  to  provide volunteer mentors in that county.

We are actively recruiting new volunteer mentors  in all  West Mercia areas.

  • This volunteering opportunity is suitable for individuals who are interested in the criminal justice sector. Qualifications are not required, but excellent communication and interpersonal skills are integral to the role. The ability to quickly establish rapport is essential as well as being friendly, approachable, non-judgmental and able to remain calm under pressure. Volunteer mentors must be able to respect confidentiality, understand professional boundaries, reliable and organised. Applicants should have good knowledge around a diverse range of local organisations and agencies.

More information on the role of  volunteer mentor can be obtained  from our  volunteering pages on this website  and from volunteer  co-ordinators :

Worcestershire and Herefordshire : Carole.Blake @yss.org.uk

Shropshire and Telford: Mandy.Gray@yss.org.uk


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