We are looking for new volunteer mentors to work with our apprentices (ex-prisoners) and provide practical support to enable and empower them to live independent, crime-free lives. Mentors provide support around employment, further education and training and encourage our apprentices to make positive decisions in moving forward with their lives post-release.
A mentor says:
"It has been more than a year since I joined the team at FCW and became a business mentor for their Open the Gate Programme. It is one of the most rewarding things I have done. The commitment is a few hours of my time every fortnight to work with an apprentice to help her reintegrate back into the workplace.
The mentoring is totally unique, the hurdles at times extremely high. The insights you will gather are huge. My apprentice is a gem. Anyone can get on the wrong side of life ... anyone." - Amelia, FCW Volunteer Mentor
Her mentee says:
"I have benefited a lot from my mentoring sessions. She has helped me to gain more confidence and to believe in myself and she motivates me to keep pushing forward.
My mentor has helped me with not just steps to develop my job search, but other areas I have needed support with as well. I have enjoyed our regular mentoring sessions and with her help I believe I have come a long way and taken steps to develop myself and my skill set. My mentor is an inspiration, and has a fantastic positive spirit." - Zahra, FCW Apprentice
In order to fulfil this role, you will need to be able to attend our Battersea Hub once a fortnight for one-to-one sessions with your assigned mentee. Mentoring takes place Mon-Fri, 10am-4:30pm so we kindly ask that you only apply if you are available during these times.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Joel, our Volunteer & Programme Coordinator, via email@example.com.
Please note that we are not currently recruiting volunteers to teach in prison. Please refer back to this page or follow us on Instagram or Facebook to be the first to hear as new opportunities become available.