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New Directions Volunteer Mentoring Programme
2015-10-22

An exciting new service is under development and we are now recruiting for volunteer Mentors.

We believe that by providing a Volunteer Mentoring Programme that will assist men to head in healthy new directions on release from prison, we are building social capital and enabling our community to function more effectively. By sharing the gift of your time and commitment with these men, you can be our partner in reaching our goal of empowering the participants of the programme to develop a sense of personal value and belonging.

Mentoring is about building an authentic two-way relationship. By supporting them to make positive social connections in safe environments, Mentors help enrich the lives of released men and empower them to re-connect successfully and permanently with their community. A Mentor is not an expert and both Mentors and those mentored can grow from the experience. Mentors make themselves available to talk during moments of uncertainty, crisis and self-doubt, those moments in their journey when the mentored ask, “Who cares enough to be there for me?” By walking alongside these men, Mentors makes a difference, generating conversations that empower the mentored to set and achieve goals, make decisions and solve problems.

The ideal Mentor profile:

  • The ability to develop trusting relationships
  • A strong desire to make a difference in people’s lives
  • A positive solution focussed outlook on life
  • Active listening skills
  • Capability to work with commitment, reliability and integrity
  • Understanding and respect for people’s rights to confidentiality
  • Respect for an individual’s culture and personal beliefs
  • Role model for a healthy lifestyle and helpful positive behaviours, which promote social acceptance and friendship
  • The ability to challenge wrong behaviour yet remain non-judgmental

Keys tasks could include:

  • Be a buddy, listening ear and sounding board
  • Consistently support the Mentee in tangible ways with practical and emotional challenges
  • Provide advice and guidance when requested
  • Assist the Mentee to develop new, positive and supportive social connections
  • Visit places of interest with the Mentee by mutual agreement that will assist with readjustment back into the community

We are starting the formal recruitment process with information sessions where you will be given the role description, application form and information regarding the training process. We will also be able to answer any questions you may have.

We are looking for real people living real lives who can be companions for men on their life changing journey during their time in prison and after their release.

If that sounds like you, please join us at Friendship House, 20 Putney Way Manukau City Centre, on one of the following dates for information and discussion.

Sunday 8th November 2.30pm – 4.00pm

Friday 13th November 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Monday 23rd November 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Sunday 29 November 2.30pm – 4.00pm

JP's first day
CNNST Holiday programme
Friendship House 5 to the side bar

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