Are you a good listener who would like to support and encourage another LGBTQ+ young person to achieve their goals? akt are looking for LGBTQ+ young people aged 18-25 based in the North East to become peer mentors.

akt supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 in the UK who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment. We support young people into safe homes and employment, education or training, in a welcoming and open environment that celebrates LGBTQ+ identities.

About the role

Our peer mentoring programme aims to bring together young LGBTQ+ people with shared experiences to offer support in a space where you are both accepted and understood.

Peer mentoring is a mutually beneficial relationship for those providing and receiving support. As a peer mentor you will learn how to use your own experiences, skills and qualities to help other young LGBTQ+ people make positive changes to their lives. You will be supported throughout your time as a peer mentor by a member of our Services Team.

We are looking for volunteers aged 18-25 based in the North East who identify as LGBTQ+ to join our peer mentoring programme.

Suggested Activities

  • Providing 1-1 support via Zoom, WhatsApp, email or phone dependent on what works for you and your mentee. (As restrictions are lifted we may look to offer in person support.)
  • Providing a supportive environment in which a young person can be themselves
  • Providing a listening ear and encouragement
  • Help in setting personal goals or objectives and working towards achieving them

Skills/experience required

  • Good listening skills and a willingness to learn
  • Willingness to support, encourage and empower others
  • Non-judgmental
  • Be comfortable working on your own independently and recognising when you need to take a break

Time Commitment

  • We would suggest meeting for an hour a week with your mentee, but this is entirely dependent on both of your schedules and what frequency your mentee would prefer.
  • Mentoring relationships will last for a minimum of a month but are likely to be extended dependent on the needs of your mentee.
  • Owing to the nature of the role we would require a commitment of at least 6 months.

Training

Peer mentors will be required to attend a mentoring skills training session (via Zoom) which will cover maintaining boundaries, structuring a mentor session and safeguarding.

We will also ask you to commit to attending any ongoing training sessions throughout the year relevant to the role.

Application Process

Application is via an application form and an informal discussion about your skills and what you would bring to the role. An enhanced DBS check (free of charge to you) and two references are required.

Questions? Email [email protected]

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