An exciting opportunity has arisen within LOOK for volunteer mentors to support our mentoring programme.
At LOOK we believe that nobody should have to cope alone. We offer structured peer support for our young people through our mentoring project and support groups connecting VI people to VI people, for guidance and support.
By creating community and connection amongst visually impaired young people and their families, we aim to boost confidence and increase access to social, employment and education opportunities.
Mentor Role Description
Experience has shown us that Visually Impaired young people are best supported by those that have personal experiences of living with a visual impairment. As a mentor you will help inspire confidence in your mentee, taking an active role in offering advice, support and guidance on subjects such as school, Further & Higher Education, careers, opportunities and independent living.
Mentors are matched with a mentee based on their life experiences, eye condition, interests and ambitions which enables mentors to create a positive bond with their mentee.
The mentor role can be hugely rewarding; you are a positive support for visually impaired young people, but we also boost your own self-development and confidence to take new steps whether that’s in the LOOK community or within the education and employment sector. You’ll be part of a mentor team, making new friends and enjoying new social opportunities. Our mentor training results in fantastic transferable skills which are much valued by future employers.
How to become a LOOK Mentor
If you are Visually Impaired aged 18-35 years old and want the opportunity to use your lived experiences to support others then we need you!
No previous mentoring experience is required but an openness to listen, learn and use your experiences to provide constructive and positive support to a younger mentee is essential.
What we are looking for in a Mentor:
- Display excellent listening skills.
- Be a positive ambassador.
- Be a confident communicator (verbal and written).
- Be able to commit to communicating with your mentee once a week.
- Be open to sharing your personal experiences.
- Show a willingness to reflect on personal experience and engage in self-development.
- Be willing to learn and take advantage of training and development opportunities.
- Be open to the idea of being mentored.
- Be friendly, approachable and enthusiastic.
How to apply
Or contact Shani on either: 07444016801 or by email: email@example.com.
The LOOK mentor training will take place in London on 18th and 19th June 2022, please ensure you are available for these dates before applying.
The deadline for applications is 5 pm on the 8th of June.