What is a mentor?

Mentoring is a positive learning relationship between two people. The Island volunteer mentors develop a supportive on-going relationship which empowers children and young people by building their confidence and self-esteem.

Mentoring matters!

All the children and young people with whom The Island deals have felt excluded in one way or another. The Island volunteer mentors aim to “include” them by providing support and encouragement in a consistent manner.

Mentoring makes a difference!

  • Children and young people who participate in mentoring relationships experience a number of positive benefits:
  • In terms of educational achievement, mentored children and young people have better school attendance, a better chance of going on to higher education, and better attitudes towards school.
  • In terms of health and safety, mentoring appears to help prevent substance abuse and reduce some negative behaviours.
  • On the social and emotional development front, taking part in mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships.
  • Mentored children and young people tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them.

Become a mentor!

At The Island, we are constantly looking for people who have the ability to listen, and who feel they can develop a positive rapport with children and young people in an honest, challenging and non-judgemental way. All prospective volunteer mentors receive training, support and supervision. This covers such areas as communication, child protection, equal opportunities and often, in the process, mentors learn more about themselves, too.

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