Junction 21 Mentoring Project

Name: Mentor
Organisation: Junction 21 Mentoring Project
Location: North Somerset Youth Offending Service, Central Chambers, 24-26 Wallsicote Rd, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UP
Type: Part Time
We are looking for people who can support a young person a regular basis for at least a year.


What do mentors do?

They support a young person for at least 12 months
They listen and offer support
They meet the young person regularly
They work with the young person to identify goals which can improve their lives
They provide support to achieve the identified goals
Mentors reinforce the positive aspects of the young persons life

Why do young people want a mentor?
They are having a hard time at school
They are no longer living at home
They have significant difficulties at home
Try something new (sport etc)
Meet new challenges
They want someone to listen to them
Support to achieve new goals
Help them 'stay out of trouble'
Help build confidence and reduce vulnerability
Support to understand and manage emotions
They need someone who is consistent in their life

With the help of the Mentoring Coordinator, a plan is made with the Mentor and young person to decide goals and agree how these can be achieved with mentor's support. They goals are reviewed regularly and feedback is given.

Before the end an activity is planned to celebrate what has been achieved.

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Organisation Description

Managed by North Somerset Youth Offending and Prevention Service, Junction 21 delivers a range of youth services including mentoring. We provide support for young people aged 10 to 21 who are vulnerable.

Volunteer mentors are provided for young people who are vulnerable due to a variety of factors. These could include having been placed in Local Authority Care, being at risk of offending/anti-social behaviour or poor educational attainment.

We have an approved provider status from the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.


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Cause / Interests

  • Children
  • Drugs and Addictions
  • Legal Aid and Justice
  • Mental Health
  • Mentoring
  • Youth

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Befriending and Buddying
  • Counselling
  • Mentoring
  • Teaching, Training and Coaching
  • Youth Work

Skills and Qualifications


The ability to work in a confidential manner

The ability to empathise with young people

Active listener

- If applicant has a history of substance misuse, they must demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of abstinence.
- If applicant has any criminal conviction they must be willing to disclose full details to staff. All convictions also need to be spent with a minimum of 5 years since last offence


The chance to help and support a young person to make positive life changes.

You will also receive full training and a Level 2 qualification in Mentoring Skills from the Open College Network, a nationally recognised awarding organisation. The training is divided into 8 units each lasting three hours.

Ongoing training opportunities

Monthly group supervision and regular reviews

2 Group socials every year

Further volunteering opportunities

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 21
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: Travel and out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed
Restrictions: Please refer to the restrictions in the skills and qualifications section.
Induction: Yes
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: NA
Offer: On-going support from the Mentor Coordinator
Training: Yes, 24 hours of training resulting in a Level 2 OCN qualification in Mentoring
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, References, Trial Period, DBS Check, Interview