Mentoring & Volunteering
Group Activity7Volunteering with  YMCA is a great way to share your skills, learn new skills and build new friendships. There are many benefits to volunteering, from knowing that you’re making a contribution to your local community, to enhancing your CV and job prospects.We encourage our service users to develop their work readiness skills through a range of volunteering/work experience opportunities. In addition we look to widen their network of support by recruiting and training volunteer mentors from the Business and Public community sectors to offer guidance and support. Mentors help service users to establish a vocational plan and create a good quality CV to put the on the path to vocational success.

Mentors add value to our service provision and in return they gain a lot of satisfaction from understanding and supporting the needs of service users. We encourage our service users, those who have been referred to us, whether through a life crisis or have sought us out to volunteer to get them used to a work/life routine and able to evidence readiness for work & progress in the work place so that both they and future employers can be confident that they can progress on to lead rich and fulfilling lives.

With people with life experiences that volunteer to be mentors we offer training and support opportunities that can, if our mentors wish, become an accredited qualification, which some employers see as valuable in the professional development of their staff. This can be the classic ‘win-win’ situation. Mentors add value to our service users and we in turn can add value to our mentors.