About this opportunity
Our Friendship Mentors are matched with a participant and accompanies them as they reconnect with their community.
You will be in a unique position to provide friendship and one-to-one support to a participant, as they reconnect with their community.
Friendship Mentor Process
- Meet with coordinator
- Attend information sessions
Complete Mentor training and Volunteer Induction
- Wait to be matched with a participant (please be aware that matching is not always immediate as time and care needs to be taken in making successful matches)
- Meet with participant and coordinator
- Review match
- Arrange and attend social activities with the participant fortnightly
- Report progress to coordinator
- Report any incidents or concerns by following program procedures and within the timeframes stated in the procedures. (Training in program procedures will form part of the compulsory training session)
Support Provided: In addition to ongoing training, Connection Coordinator will check in with Friendship Mentors within a week of their first volunteer/participant social engagement, and continuing checks ins will be scheduled. Check in’s can occur face to face, or over the phone, depending on convenience. VolunteeringACT volunteers also have access to counselling through VACT’s EAP services.
Working with Children Check *.
Attributes and Requirements:
• Must be over the age of 18
• Excellent communication skills including active listening
• Have a non-judgmental and understanding attitude
• Be dependable, reliable and punctual
• Treat people with respect, care and dignity
• Be sensitive to the needs and rights of every individual
• The ability to work within the guidelines and legislation appropriate to the position,
e.g. Privacy Act and Work Health and Safety
• Have your own transport, or be confident and able to access public transport
• Hold or be willing to obtain a current Working with Vulnerable People Card
There is no degree or qualification required, however, as a Connections Friendship Mentor you will be required to complete the initial training sessions prior to being matched with participants. You are also expected to attend and engage in ongoing training opportunities. Ongoing training sessions may include subjects such as – supported decision making, mental health first aid etc.
Regular Time Commitment:
As a Connections Friendship Mentor you will commit 1-2 hours fortnightly to participate in a social activity identified by a participant. These activities can include but not limited to, going for a walk, meeting for a coffee, visiting an art gallery etc.Timing of these meetings will be arranged at the comvenience of both the Friendship Mentor and participant. We do request that you commit to a regular time slot as routine is key for many of our participants.
Length of Commitment:
We request a minimum commitment of 12months as a Connection Friendship Mentor, and we hope to work with our mentors on a long-term capacity.
Fortnightly meetings for 1-2hour on a social activity agreed to by yourself and the participant. Social activity can include but not limited to; going for a walk, meeting for a coffee, attending a movie, going to the museum etc.Suitable for
- Skilled Volunteers
- Companionship & Social Support
- Tutoring & Coaching
Training is provided and will need to be completed prior to commencing as a volunteer