Winchester City Council is working with the national agency Sova to provide a new service to help unemployed people to find work.
The employment mentoring service will recruit and train volunteers to mentor unemployed people across the Winchester District. Locally-recruited mentors will provide practical and moral support as well as basic advice and signposting to other services for unemployed residents in the Winchester District from all age-groups and backgrounds.
Alex Solomon, Sova’s Project Manager, who is running the service in the Winchester District, is looking for volunteer mentors from the business community to provide support to unemployed people in Winchester District to boost their chance of getting a job.
No formal qualifications or experience are necessary; but volunteers will need to be committed to supporting others, have good listening and communication skills and demonstrate a non-judgmental attitude. In return you could help change peoples lives and make a real difference. By volunteering you could help someone get their first apprenticeship or give someone who feels they are without prospects the confidence to realise long held aspirations.
All mentors will receive on-going supervision and very thorough training. Travel expenses will be reimbursed. Volunteering can provide you with valuable work experience that could benefit your career prospects.
If you would like to mentor a job seeker please contact Alex Solomon at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01962 848 396 or 07980732005. For further information about the employment mentoring service visit www.winchester.gov.uk/employmentmentoring