Employed clients mentoring volunteer

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Employed clients mentoring volunteer work over six months in a mentorship with a client who is experiencing underemployment – the client is working or in education, but they might be overqualified for the work they are doing or working in a sector that does not align with their employment goals. Mentors and mentees are matched based on common professional sectors of interest/experience and work together to make strides towards clients’ long-term employment goals.

Contact [email protected] for more information, otherwise visit our FAQ page.

My passion for many years has been to mentor and coach people. I love to learn and I believe in continuous growth to keep your skills fresh and your mind active.

Sabrina – advice and guidance volunteer

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide practical support to clients at the centre, including:
  • Creating tailored CVs and cover letters
  • Accessing job sites with clients, and helping them prepare for interviews with
    a more in-depth understanding of the sector
  • Improving clients’ digital skills
  • Meeting 1:1 with clients and tailoring support to their needs

Skills Required:

  • Excellent communication skills in English.
  • Compassion and ability to put people at ease
  • Reliability and flexibility
  • Initiative and problem-solving skills
  • Strong eye for detail so that handwritten notes can be added to the database
    without error
  • Positive can-do attitude, and an interest in the work of Breaking Barriers
  • Beneficial: Other language skills a bonus. Key languages are: Arabic,
    Tigrinya, Farsi, Dari, Amharic, Somali or Pashto.
  • Beneficial: Previous mentoring experience

We also ask that volunteers can: 

  • Provide two professional references
  • Bring their own laptops during sessions

Benefits to the volunteer:

  • Make a genuine impact on the lives of refugees
  • Develop a range of skills including communication, problem solving and data
  • Learn more about how a small, growing charity works
  • Training and support provided, related to refugees and employment
  • Be part of a new, innovative charity which is developing all the time

Hello friend!

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Have more questions?

We have a dedicated page to help answer any questions you might about volunteering in Birmingham, Greater Manchester, or London. If you still can't find what you're looking for, please contact [email protected].

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