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About The Eikon Charity
About The Eikon Charity
The Eikon Charity supports children and young people to overcome challenges, increase their resilience and develop into confident adults who contribute positively to their communities. Wherever a young person is on that journey and whether they’re feeling good about life or are really struggling, we’re there for them. We believe in their potential.
We work with young people directly in schools and communities across Surrey and beyond, one-to-one, in groups and clubs – and with and through partners, supporting them to deliver services that improve young people’s physical and emotional wellbeing and mental health. We work in partnership with schools, communities, health & social care and other organisations, because we believe that working together works.
Mentoring is a simple but effective way for an individual to provide support to a young person who may be going through a challenging time or struggling to make important decisions. Eikon Mentors offer support on a weekly basis to form positive 1:1 relationships with young people aged 11-18, who are experiencing difficulties in their lives and want to make a change. The mentoring programme equips young people to improve their resilience and prevents low level emotional mental health challenges from escalating.
We are currently looking for volunteers to join our mentoring programme and support young people in the following schools in Surrey during term time:
- Fullbrook School – Runnymede
- Kings College- Guildford
- Farnham Heath End School – Farnham
- Weydon School- Farnham
- Woolmer Hill School- Haslemere
- Developing positive one-to-one relationships with young people who may be experiencing difficulties in their lives and/or want to make a change in their lives.
- Listening to and supporting young people, showing empathy and understanding, whilst remaining non-judgmental and caring.
- Engaging with young people to motivate, inspire, encourage potential and set goals.
Respecting the confidentiality of young people whilst establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries.
- Keeping accurate records of mentoring sessions using Eikon’s database system.
- Reporting any safeguarding or welfare concerns that arise.
- To work within Eikon’s internal policies, safeguarding and data protection regulations.
- Offering at least 2 hours per week time commitment, in school, term time only.
What skills do I need :
- An understanding of current issues relating to young people.
- Able to communicate and listen to young people who may be facing challenging times with low level mental health presentations effectively.
- Being passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people.
- Empathy and Patience.
- Reliable, Punctual and Committed.
- IT Literacy.
What’s in it for you?
Volunteer mentors will receive a thorough induction training before commencing their role in school and will have the opportunity of ongoing training and development throughout their time volunteering with Eikon.
You will also receive regular one to one supervision and support with the Mentoring Manager and participate in team meetings. Out of pocket expenses will be agreed in advance.
Other benefits of volunteering include:
- Get experience of working with young people; Experience for your CV
- Supporting your local community
- Feeling like you’re making a difference
- Meeting new people
- Increasing self-confidence
- Improving your own health and wellbeing, and
- a chance to support a children’s charity in Surrey.
How to apply
Eikon is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. The suitability of all prospective employees or volunteers will be assessed during the recruitment process.
This role will be subject to an approved Enhanced DBS and Barring Disclosure check.
The Eikon Charity is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity and aims to provide a working environment which is free from unfair discrimination and will enable employees and volunteers to fulfil their personal potential.
As part of our Safer Recruitment Policy, we do not accept CVs.
If you are interested in applying for the role, please download the application form below.
If you have any questions, please contact TeamAdmin@eikon.org.uk