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Appeal for local mentors
7:20am Wednesday 20th February 2013 in News
REDDITCH children’s charity Mentor Link is appealing for local people to volunteer as mentors, and support young people in schools in the area.
The charity pairs up older, more experienced members of the community, with younger people who might be able to benefits from their experiences and advice.
Currently Mentor Link is on the lookout for people with experience in the manufacturing and construction industry, who can discuss the world of work, and modern employer with young people.
The charity needs people willing to volunteer for a minimum of six months, who have successfully completed an enhanced CRB clearance. Training is provided free of charge for the volunteers, and trained members of staff are on hand to support and advise them.
Mentor Derek Styler said: “Having reached retirement age, I was looking for a new venture that wouldn't take up too much time or any pressure to bear after 50 years of full time employment in industry.
“During my mentoring sessions I am able to share my life and work experiences and empathise that I too, had my share of problems, changes and disappointments along life’s pathway.
“My mentee was interested in a future with the RAF so I encouraged him to perhaps join the ATC. He was on parade at the Armistice Day service in 2012, which was really rewarding to see.”
Mentor Link would like to hear from anyone willing to spare an hour a week, to befriend, support and encourage young adults in schools. For more information contact volunteer recruiter, Karen Arnold on 07875 438659 or at email@example.com or visit mentorlink.org.uk.