BECOME A MENTOR
“A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and believe it can be obtained.”
Mentoring can provide a powerful and positive force in the life of a child or young person in need. As a mentor with OzChild, you will provide support for a young person aged 10 – 17 years who currently resides in our Foster Care or Kinship programs.
Mentoring is a great way to help children and young people build trust and develop confidence which is often lacking due to complex family relationships. As a positive role model your skills and regular contact can make a real difference in the life of a child in need as well as boosting your own skills and giving back to your local community.
If you can offer a minimum of two hours per fortnight and commit to a minimum of twelve months the OzChild Mentor Program may suit you.
HOW DO I BECOME A MENTOR?
You do not need any special qualifications or have previous experience to mentor with OzChild. The only qualities you need to possess are compassion and the desire to improve the lives of children and young people in need. To be eligible as a mentor you must be:
- Over the age of 18
- Able to commit to between 2 to 4 hours per fortnight for a minimum of one year
- Attend an interview
- Support a young person based on their individual needs. These may include mental health, social isolation, drugs and alcohol, education, criminality, employment or relationship issues.
- Provide the details of two referees.
- Attend a one day Induction Training Program
- Be willing to undertake a Working With Children Check and Police Check
WHAT SUPPORT WILL I BE OFFERED?
- 24 hour support
- Training opportunities
- Mentor support meetings
- Regular formal and informal contact or supervision.
- A small monthly travel reimbursement
To become a mentor or learn more about our program please contact our recruitment coordinator, Laura Walker on (03) 8796 0000 or complete the Volunteer Enquiry Form and tick ‘Mentor’.