We are excited to introduce to you a brand new project within A Way Out... COACH! Our coaching programme is the first of a number of projects in process of setting up which we will spotlight on the blog over the next few weeks and months. It's an exciting time of change for A Way Out, as we continue to grow and develop our services.
COACH stands for Creating Opportunities and Casting Hope
, an inspiring title, and one we know it will live up to. The programme aims to provide one-2-one mentoring and support for young people between the ages of 12-25 years. We are currently in the process of recruiting Volunteer Mentors to match with young people we have had referred to the project.
What is a Volunteer Mentor?
Volunteer Mentors offer practical support, activities or coaching towards positive life goals for young people who are at risk of poor outcomes, often linked to drug or alcohol misuse, school exclusion, homelessness or other risky lifestyle situations. Volunteer Mentors build relationships with young people they are partnered with through weekly one to one sessions, involving an activity, or just a coffee and a chat. As relationships develop, they can offer support in various ways; perhaps teaching life skills such as cooking, or advocating on their behalf.
It's a great opportunity to make a real difference to a young person's life.
Who Can Be a Volunteer Mentor?
We are looking for individuals who have the following:
What's the Point of COACH?
- A passion for young people
- Reliability for appointments
- 1-2 hours a week free, for approximately 9 months (we expect each coaching relationship to last 6-18 months)
- Ability to listen
- Life Skills
- A sense of humour!
COACH is about releasing potential in the lives of young people. The aim is to explore what they are hoping to achieve in life, in both the short-term and the long-term and put an action plan in place to work towards these goals. The relationship can last for over a year and significant changes may take several months to achieve but the ultimate aim is for the young person to take responsibility for their own lives and pursue positive outcomes for themselves and those around them.
If you're interested to find out more or to sign up, then contact Jeanna, our Coach Coordinator by either emailing her firstname.lastname@example.org
, or calling the office phone (01642 655071), and asking to speak to Jeanna.
We already have referrals for young people, and we're looking to match them to the right individuals. We will give full coaching training on a regular basis to our Mentoring Volunteers and offer them all the support they need for this exciting opportunity.
With love from A Way Out x