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Young People's Volunteering Roles

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. Please read about the roles available before you complete the application form.

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Peer Mentor

A mentor is a young person (16-25 years old) who supports another young person (16-25 years old) in identifying and working towards a goal that is related to one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

What is the time commitment?

  • Approximately 12 hours over 8-10 weeks (excluding training)
  • Each mentoring session will last about one hour each week
  • You will have a 1:1 guidance and support meeting with the volunteer supervisor before and after each session. This takes approximately 15-30 minutes each week.

What training will I get?

Before becoming a mentor, you will need to attend a two-day training course. This will be an interactive workshop and will cover: an induction to Manchester Mind; safeguarding and boundary training; how to support a mentee in identifying a meaningful wellbeing goal and working towards it; de-escalation best practice; scenario based role play. You will also have access to other training courses that Manchester Mind runs throughout the time that you are a mentor.

Mentor Criteria 

Our core values underpin all aspects of our work at Manchester Mind. We have identified criteria that our mentors must meet. This is to ensure that our mentoring scheme is safe, and that mentors and mentees are able to build kind relationships that lead to young people feeling accepted, understood and able to contribute.

  • Reliability
  • Ability to relate to and empathise with other young people
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, especially listening skills
  • Ability to be non-judgemental, self-aware, patient, flexible and supportive
  • An ability to demonstrate our core values: openness; belonging; strength; collaboration
  • An ability to follow safeguarding and health and safety procedure (you will attend training on this)
  • An ability to demonstrate reflective practice to enhance self-awareness and engage in a process of continuous learning

Mental Health Ambassador

A Mental Health Ambassador is passionate about mental health. They will work as a team to assist with the design and delivery of Mental Health Awareness and Resilience Sessions for groups of 15-200 young people from a variety of different backgrounds.

What is the time commitment?

  • Minimum 1-2 hours shadowing sessions
  • Minimum 2 hours session assistant during delivery
  • Additional flexible time commitment to support the design of the sessions

What training will I get?

  • Manchester Mind induction; safeguarding; health and safety; representing Manchester Mind; core values; equality and diversity
  • You will shadow at least one Mental Health Awareness session
  • You will also have access to other training courses that Manchester Mind runs throughout the time that you volunteer with us

Mental Health Ambassador Criteria

Our core values underpin all aspects of our work at Manchester Mind. We have identified criteria that our Mental Health Ambassadors must meet. This is to ensure that we can deliver good quality Mental Health Awareness sessions for young people.

  • Reliability
  • Ability to relate to and empathise with other young people
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, especially listening skills
  • Ability to be non-judgemental, self-aware, patient, flexible and supportive
  • An ability to demonstrate our core values: openness; belonging; strength; collaboration
  • An ability to take your own initiative
  • An ability to follow safeguarding and health and safety procedures (you will attend training on this)
  • A Mental Health Ambassador will be able to demonstrate an ability to look after their own wellbeing and have a strong awareness of their own mental health
  • Experience in facilitating sessions or a willingness to practice facilitation skills
  • A passion for promoting mental health
  • An ability to demonstrate reflective practice to: enhance self-awareness; engage in a process of continuous learning; adapt the content and delivery style of sessions to suit the needs of young people

Drop-in Assistant

A Drop-in Assistant will support us in being able to have an open door to our service. They will signpost members of the public who drop-in; enable young people who arrive for appointments to feel safe; set up relaxed self-led activities; assist people in completing a referral form (where required). Exactly what our open-door service will look like is still in the early stages of being developed, so you could help us in its design and development. You will always be supported by a member of staff.

What is the time commitment?

  • A minimum of 2 hours a week for 4 weeks (excluding training)
  • After this, the time commitment is flexible

What training will I get?

  • Manchester Mind Induction: safeguarding; health and safety; representing Manchester Mind; core values; equality and diversity
  • You will also have access to other training courses that Manchester Mind runs throughout the time that you are a volunteer

Drop-in Assistant Criteria

  • Reliability
  • Ability to relate to and empathise with other young people
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, especially listening skills
  • Ability to be non-judgemental, self-aware, patient, flexible and supportive
  • An ability to demonstrate our core values: openness; belonging; strength; collaboration
  • An ability to follow safeguarding and health and safety procedure (training provided)
  • Friendly and welcoming
  • Ability to use your initiative and research skills to sign-post people to relevant services
  • Creative: an ability to set up interactive and self-led sessions for young people

Advice Drop-in Volunteer (Manchester Volunteer Advice Partnership)

As an Advice Drop-in Volunteer at Manchester Mind’s Children and Young People’s Service, you will support us in setting up and delivering our advice drop-in service. This will be a safe space that young people can visit to get advice on benefits, housing, and the help they can receive in their community. The advice drop in service at Manchester Mind’s Children and Young People’s Service is in the early stages of being developed, so you could help us design what this service looks like.

What is Manchester Volunteer Advice Partnership (MVAP)?

It is all about the capacity of communities to thrive. Capacity of volunteers to support local people whilst being supported themselves. As an Advice Drop-in Volunteer you will increase our capacity to provide a high quality advice service. Find out more here.

What is the time commitment?

  • 2 hours a week for 6 months (excluding training)

What training will I get?

  • You will take part in an 8 week training course to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to support young people at our advice drop-in service. This course in run by an advice specialist.
  • The course will also equip you with the skills to volunteer in other organisations across Manchester.

Drop-in Assistant Criteria

  • Reliability
  • Ability to relate to and empathise with other young people
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, especially listening skills
  • Ability to be non-judgemental, self-aware, patient, flexible, and supportive
  • Ability to demonstrate our core values: openness; belonging; strength; collaboration
  • An ability to take your own initiative
  • An ability to follow safeguarding and health and safety procedure (training provided on this)
  • Ability to signpost people to services that may help them
  • A good awareness of your own mental health
  • Creative: ability to support the development of self-led activities available to young people who drop in; ability to carry out research and create resources to support the running of an advice drop in