We are looking for Volunteer Mentors!

Would you like to make a difference in the life of a young asylum seeker or refugee?

Hope for the Young’s Mentors help young asylum seekers and refugees to overcome the challenges facing them upon arriving in the UK, including a lack of social support, language barriers, mental health difficulties, and the long period of uncertainty while they are waiting for their immigration status to be decided.

Mentors have a tangible impact on the lives of the young people they support. Jemal, one of Hope for the Young’s mentees said: “Mentoring has had a big impact on me, my mentor makes me feel not alone, giving me a hand and always being cheerful. She gives me confidence and teaches me to be strong.” Jemal went from the uncertainty and isolation of being a 17-year-old asylum seeker from Eritrea to being offered a place to study fashion at university. You can read more about Jemal’s incredible story here.

We are now recruiting new Volunteer Mentors, who would be willing to travel to meet their mentees in South or North London on a weekly basis for a minimum of a six month period. We aim to establish a pool of Mentors with different ages, cultural backgrounds, skills and interests. If you are passionate about mentoring and would like to support a young refugee or asylum seeker, then we want to hear from you!

We will provide you with an induction, training and expenses, and you will gain additional training by attending our regular Volunteer Workshops. You can find out more about our last workshop here.

If you would like to become a Volunteer Mentor or have any questions, please email Andrew at mentoring@hopefortheyoung.org.uk.