A new project helping vulnerable young people move into employment , education or training with support from volunteer mentors has launched in Mid Sussex in partnership with Mid Sussex Council and the youth service.

A new project helping vulnerable young people move into employment , education or training with support from volunteer mentors has launched in Mid Sussex in partnership with Mid Sussex Council and the youth service.

photo‘Positive Placements’, led by YMCA DownsLink Group, are recruiting and training adult mentors to work with vulnerable young people who are not in Education, Employment or Training.
Project Coordinator Kensa Cooper says, “We will be working with adult mentors from a wide variety of backgrounds to help young people aged 16-25 year olds in Mid Sussex move forward on their work journey.”

Mentors can support young people to identify and overcome any barriers that they may be facing, such as low confidence, lack of work experience, issues with attendance or interview preparation.

 

The project is running successfully in Horsham with positive outcomes for young people. We have volunteers with a wide range of experience to support young people-volunteer mentors in Horsham have found that the work really enjoyable, satisfying and at times a challenge. Some of the mentors say…

  • The training and ongoing support is excellent.
  • It’s great to see her with more sparkle and have a positive outlook – very rewarding.
  • I have made new friends in other mentors

Dylan, a young man currently being mentored through the scheme, says ‘it’s great having someone to talk to who listens to me and supports me in achieving my goals. With his support I am currently fundraising for a 10 week oversea trip to volunteer with Operation Raleigh. My mentor sees me once a week and we are looking at my choices of full- time work when I get back from my expedition.’

Quotes from some of the mentees:-

 

  • It’s me time, someone to listen, not to judge me, I feel more confident and am applying for jobs.
  • He supported me to get to new places as I was too nervous to go on my own.

Young people in Mid Sussex can access the project voluntarily and are able to receive mentor support for up to a year.

Positive Placements are looking for volunteer mentors who have 1-2 hours spare per week and are able to commit to mentoring a young person for at least 6 months. Full training and ongoing support is offered, and all volunteers will need to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check that we will paid for by the project. Potential volunteers should contact
[email protected] for more information.  No particular experience is needed but a passion to support a young person to make positive choices in their life, patience and a sense of humour are all welcome.

The project is also looking for local businesses that are able to offer work experience, apprenticeship or employment opportunities to young people. Positive Placements would offer full support to the businesses in setting up the apprenticeships. 

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