Looking for a volunteering opportunity that will make a real difference? Then leading offender rehabilitation charity Lincolnshire Action Trust wants to meet you!
Lincolnshire Action Trust (LAT) is looking for mentors, and is inviting members of the public to come along and find out more.
On Monday 21st March at the First Centre next to HMP Lincoln, LAT will launch a county-wide search for new volunteers for its mentoring scheme, which aims to reduce offending in young people and adults and cut re-offending rates in the long-term.
Mentors and clients are carefully matched based on shared interests, availability and life experiences and will usually meet for a couple of hours a week as the client works on developing life skills and achieving employment goals.
Jenny Wallace, LAT Mentoring Co-ordinator, and a number of staff will be on hand during the event to answer questions and explain how the mentoring scheme works, both for clients and the mentor themselves.
Experienced volunteer mentors will also be in attendance to answer any questions from potential new mentors.
The event will run from 4pm until 7pm on Monday 21st March at the First Centre, 104 Greetwell Road, next to HMP Lincoln.
Gary (surname withheld), a volunteer mentor in Lincoln, explains that working as a mentor with LAT has given him an opportunity to gain experience in the sector:
I want to pursue a career working with young people within the criminal justice system and volunteering with LAT has allowed me to test the water to make sure it was right for me.
I’m proud to have worked with some real success stories and received positive feedback from both the police and Youth Offending Services.
Once you build a bond, you’re able to help your client reach their potential, which is great for them but also the wider community. That’s the most rewarding part for me.
Jenny Wallace added:
If you’re interested in making a difference in your local community and would like to be part of our mentoring scheme please come along and have a chat with the team over a cup of tea or coffee.
People keen to register an interest in the youth and adult volunteer mentoring scheme can contact Jenny Wallace, Mentoring Co-ordinator, on 01522 806611 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the First Centre on 21st March during the open event.