Volunteers needed to act as youth mentors

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A search has begun for mentors to help young people in the borough.

North Tyneside Council’s Mentor Project works with children and teenagers who are looked-after by the local authority, having problems at home or are involved with the Youth Offending Service.

I have always enjoyed working with young people and after taking early retirement wanted to keep that going.

Mike Swindale, an independent visitor

The Mentor Project is now looking for volunteers, especially males, willing to become a mentor or independent visitor.

Mentors and independent visitors look to develop a trusting relationship with a young person with contact on a weekly basis.

Support and training is offered and volunteers also receive out-of-pocket expenses and on-going support.

Volunteers will be able to take part in additional training opportunities to develop new skills, as well as their knowledge of the looked after and youth justice systems.

The project has been running since 1997 and has supported more than 150 young people and children.

Mike Swindale, an independent visitor who has been with the programme for over two years, said: “I have always enjoyed working with young people and after taking early retirement wanted to keep that going.

“It fitted in well with looking for part time work, and it gives me a feeling of belonging to a great team who I know help young people, some with huge problems, have a better time with life.”

For more information contact Amanda Thrush on (0191) 643 7936 or email Amanda.thrush@northtyneside.gov.uk