Mentoring FAQS

Mentoring FAQS 2017-12-07T10:58:06+00:00

Mentoring FAQS

Here’s just all our frequently asked questions, if you have any other questions fill out the form on the right and somone from our team will be in touch.

Mentors will work with the same mentee each week, according to research reports, long term mentoring partnerships are the most effective in helping young people achieve their goals and potential in life.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is a criminal records check helping organisations make safe decisions regarding individuals who would work with vulnerable groups such as children. In order for our organisation to carry this out successfully, individuals will be sent a link to complete a very short application. Upon completion of the online application form, you will need to bring along 3 different ID documents to your training session.

Common forms of ID are: Passport, Driving Licence and a recent bank statement/utility bill.

DBS checks can normally take a few weeks to process therefore completing your DBS check as quickly as possible would be in your best interest once you receive instructions from us.

Previous convictions do not necessarily stop you from mentoring with us, however please let us know as soon as you decide that you would like to apply for the position of a volunteer mentor and we will discuss the disclosure and the circumstance with you.

As part of our safeguarding process, you need to give us the details of two referees who you have known for at least two years who can provide a reference for you.
Referees can be provided from two sets of groups: You can provide both referees from Group A, or one referee from Group A and one referee from Group B:

Group A:
1. Teacher/tutor at university/school
2. Current/previous employer
3. Other professional who knows you (e.g. social worker, solicitor – non-family member and not a friend)

Group B:
1. Character reference e.g. family friend or neighbour, but not a member of your family
We will send you a link to supply reference details when you sign up. Please make sure you let them know that we will be in touch!
If you have any concerns regarding the provision of finding two referees please contact us on the following email:

Yes, all volunteer mentors must complete one training session before assuming the role of a volunteer mentor. Our mentor training sessions take two hours and will be held in London. You will be notified of training sessions when you sign up.

Our mentor training covers four areas:

  • Mentoring Programme Logistics – providing a clear view of where the mentoring will take place.
  • Safeguarding policies and procedures
  • The skills and characteristics that is required of the mentor
  • The research linked to mentoring which enables you to understand that you are carrying out best practice.

Please bring along the documents you need for your DBS check to the training session, so that we can go through them.

Our programme currently takes place on Wednesday in a school in London.

Yes – we pay reasonable travel expenses, Project leaders will provide you with more guidance on how to claim.