Volunteer Roles

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The following is a brief outline of Bridge's Mentoring Service.

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring involves one person helping, supporting and encouraging another person to make progress or changes in their lives. It is not as formal as counselling but is more structured than befriending.

Bridge Programme Mentors

Our mentors are volunteers who are prepared to give their own time to help others improve their lives. They will have some history of addiction to a substance or some knowledge of the issues surrounding such an addiction and so will be able to identify with the problems facing members who have decided to address their alcohol or drug problems. They are not counsellors or drug workers. Their role is limited to a few hours a week of help and support.

All mentors will have attended a detailed two day training course regarding their role.

What skills or experience are required?

  • The ability to be non-judgemental and understanding of people in difficult situations
  • Good Communicator
  • Good listener
  • Reliable
  • Honest
  • Trustworthy
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Some history or knowledge of substance misuse
  • An ability to motivate and encourage

As part of their role, volunteer mentors may be required to:

  • Provide one to one support to mentees.
  • Assist mentees with form filling when applying for jobs/courses, claiming benefits etc.
  • Attend external meetings/appointments with mentees.
  • Facilitate and build positive relationships away from peer influences.
  • Work with the Mentor Coordinator in supervision to discuss and access aims and outcome of mentoring sessions.

Confidentiality

Due to the nature of our work, volunteers will be required to sign a Confidentiality Agreement - no information relating to any members may be disclosed to third parties without the consent of both the member and Bridge SMP.

Recruitment Process

  • Applicants must complete an application form.
  • Applicants will then undergo an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Applicants will then be asked to attend a two day training course. This course will provide all necessary information about being a Bridge Mentor. Throughout the course, applicants will be assessed with regard to their suitability to become a mentor.
  • All applicants will be required to be DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) checked. This check will be paid for by Bridge.

 

Click here to complete a volunteer application.

Bridge Substance Misuse Programme Ltd is a Social Enterprise, company registered number 06221493. Registered office 63c Gold Street, Northampton, NN1 1RA.