We're looking for some extraordinary volunteers for a ground-breaking project

Here at TimeBank we are passionate about volunteering, but we are equally passionate about challenging people’s perceptions about what volunteers can do. Don’t get me wrong – l’m not advocating that volunteers replace paid staff, or do the jobs no one else in your organisation wants to do. What we do believe is that there are many roles, once considered the sole preserve of professionals, where volunteers can complement the work they do. 

In the last few years TimeBank has delivered some truly ground-breaking projects – from supporting young people transition from Child and Adolescent Mental Health services into adult services to teaching English in a women’s refuge. All delivered by our incredible volunteers. TimeBank’s latest project is a partnership developed between us and Prospects, the education, employment and training company, at HMP Feltham. Prospects currently provide education for all young men within Feltham Young Offenders Institution (YOI). Our new programme, Through Together, will offer mentoring support to young people currently detained at the YOI and during the difficult transition to life after release. 

Volunteer mentors and mentees will be matched while the latter are still at Feltham YOI. This is when a relationship will be established, so that at the time of release the young people will have an already-established support mechanism. After release volunteer mentors will continue to provide mentoring support to the young people for an additional three/four months to support them to find employment or enter training or education courses. 

So no usual opportunity, and some extraordinary volunteers required.  We usually like to match young people with mentors of a similar age and gender, so for this project we are looking for young men who are aged 25 to 40, willing to travel to Feltham YOI and prepared to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you think you would like to be involved in this ground-breaking project, and are available to volunteer for the next six months please drop me an email at andyf@timebank.org.uk for more information.