Aberlour Childcare Trust: Children and Young Persons Mentor


Children & Young Persons Mentor: ongoing opportunity

What's the role?

Through the mentoring relationship you will work with children to develop increased confidence in themselves, improved self-esteem, and to reduce isolation. This will help to improve their attendance at school and support them to work towards goals that so they can progress to college, university or gain employment

Who are they?

Aberlour is the largest solely Scottish children’s charity, helping to improve the lives of Scotland’s vulnerable children and young people. Not all children are born with an equal chance. Aberlour is there for Scotland’s hidden children, when others let them down, because every child deserves a chance to flourish.

Aberlour’s mission is to reach Scotland’s vulnerable children as early as possible to stop damage being done, before families reach crisis point, before it’s too late. Taking action quickly, significantly improves long-term outcomes for children and young people



What could you gain?

  • High quality mentor training, child protection and role specific training
  • A sense of satisfaction in helping children and young people in challenging circumstances achieve their full potential
  • Practical experience of working with children and young people
  • Experience to get back into the workplace or education or to change career path
  • This type of volunteering is not for everyone – it needs a real commitment of time and energy but offers real rewards in terms of making a positive difference in the life of a child/young person.

In return, you will be helping a child to realise their own potential, learn more about yourself and experience new opportunities. It could also be a step to a new career by challenging your own perspective, strengthening your interpersonal skills, learning different decision-making approaches. Employers overwhelmingly look favourably on job applicants who have volunteered, and the long-term impact of mentoring can offer life, and career-changing benefits to children and the volunteers themselves.



When can I volunteer?

Day Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday X X X
Tuesday X X X
Wednesday X X X
Thursday X X X
Friday X X  
Saturday X X  

Skills/Experience needed?

  • A knowledge of some of the issues affecting care experienced children and young people
  • Ability to encourage and motivate children and young people 
  • Ability to work well with children and young people in a supportive way
  • Good listening skills
  • Ability to relate to children and young people and to be able to see things from their point of view
  • Experience of building confidence and self-esteem

Requirements for starting the role?

All applicants must complete an online application and will be screened during an informal interview. They will also be subject to a full disclosure check.



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